The public notice announcing the lifting of multiple freezes affecting television applications and petitions is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 12, 2020, according to an advanced notice of publication released on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Assuming publication proceeds as planned, the freezes will be lifted as of Friday, November 27, 2020 (the day after Thanksgiving).
As we previously advised, the Media Bureau will be lifting multiple freezes that have prevented broadcasters from requesting modifications to the facilities of certain full power and Class A television stations, including freezes on:
These freezes had been adopted over the past 16 years to prevent changes to the DTV database in preparation, initially, for the digital transition, and then for the incentive auction.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has not indicated that it will be implementing a filing window for applications or petitions. Accordingly, filings will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (with all applications and petitions filed on November 27, 2020 deemed filed at the same time).
The freeze on the filing of applications for new LPTV/translator digital stations and major changes remains in effect.