LPTV / TV Translator Displacement Reimbursement Update

Posted on November 27th, 2019 by

The FCC, in response to eligibility certification filings by LPTV and TV translator stations that were displaced by the post-auction repack, have begun reviewing those certifications and issuing emails determining eligibility status. These initial determinations do not approve the separately filed expense estimates for reimbursement – those will be processed separately and a letter issued establishing the total that the FCC will reimburse. So stations should continue to watch for emails or other correspondence related to that determination.

In some cases, the FCC has already asked for eligibility certifications to be amended because the documents previously submitted are insufficient to establish eligibility. Usually, those emails request a response within 10 days, so be alert and respond promptly. The FCC may also request further documentation or information related to expense estimates, which usually have a 5 day response timeline.

If your station has not filed the Form 1876 to establish the bank account that will receive reimbursement funds, now is the time to do so. The Form is PDF fillable, accessible in CORES, and must be printed, signed, notarized and mailed in to the FCC along with a bank statement or letter confirming the account. There is no deadline for filing the Form 1876, but stations should do so as soon as possible to avoid any delay in receiving reimbursement funds.