On June 11, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released what is likely to be a final reminder to licensees of low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations and to permittees of new digital LPTV and TV translator stations about the forthcoming July 13, 2021 analog sunset date. LPTV and TV translator stations and permittees will lose their authorizations on July 13 unless they have licensed their digital facilities or taken other necessary actions before that date.
Existing analog LPTV and TV translator stations may no longer operate any facility in analog mode after 11:59 p.m. local time on July 13, 2021. Additionally, all construction permits for LPTV and TV translator stations to flash cut to digital will expire as a matter of law on July 13, 2021. If an analog LPTV or TV translator station does not have a valid digital construction permit as of 11:59 p.m. local time on July 13, 2021, its analog license will be canceled as a matter of law and its call sign will be deleted. Therefore:
Permittees for new digital LPTV and TV translator stations must complete construction of their digital facilities, begin operating, and file a license to cover no later than 11:59 p.m. local time on July 13, 2021.