Is Your TV Station’s Contact Information Accurate?

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by

Two weeks ago, the FCC’s Media Bureau issued a notice reminding all television licensees of the importance of having accurate contact information on file with the FCC. The reason is important, and as you might have guessed, is related to the incentive auction. Let us explain.

When the auction ends, the FCC will need to announce a repack plan to speedily get TV stations moved into their new band. They’ve announced a tentative plan for doing so (see related article below), which includes a confidential notice to TV stations about channel reassignments. For stations that filed a Form 177 to become eligible to participate in the auction, the confidential notice will be sent to the contact address provided in that form. Any stations that did not file a Form 177 will receive channel reassignment information at the address contained in the Licensing and Management System (LMS).

Contact information can be easily changed by either amending the Form 177 or logging in to LMS. At a minimum, check your station’s contact information to be sure it is accurate.