Still a work in progress, but an excellent opportunity both to see what the FCC has in mind and also to suggest possible improvements to the form before it takes final shape.
A couple of weeks ago we reported on a Federal Register notice announcing the start of a two-month period for the filing of comments about a new FCC form (Form 2100, Schedule 381, to be exact - a/k/a “Certification of TV Broadcast Licensee Technical Information in Advance of Incentive Auction”). We noted then that no copy of the form was included in the Federal Register notice and that our request for a copy (emailed to the Commission) had gone unanswered, so we couldn’t shed much light on what the form might look like.
We got word earlier today that the form is indeed available and, sure enough, when we emailed the Commission again asking for a copy, we got one lickety-split. Here’s a link to what was sent to us. (Actually, we received a Word version, which we have converted to PDF.)
As a quick glance indicates, it’s still something of a work in progress. That’s to be expected when the FCC invites comments on a form: by definition the form is subject to change based on the comments that get submitted. So here’s your chance to take a look at the Commission’s current draft and chip in your two cents’ worth.
As we noted previously, Schedule 381 is designed to provide the Commission assurance that the technical profile of the television industry as reflected in the FCC’s database is accurate. That’s obviously important because that profile will be used both to identify the facilities to be sold in the reverse auction and to form the starting point for the spectrum repacking effort which is the ultimate goal of the auction. Secondarily, the completed forms will provide the FCC with a comprehensive database of all the specific transmission equipment (transmitters, antennas, transmission line) currently in use. The detailed information about equipment will be used in determining relocation reimbursements.
All full-power and Class A TV licensees entitled to mandatory protection in the auction – and those with Commission-afforded discretionary protection – will have to complete and submit Schedule 381. Those folks all presumably have an idea of who they are, but they will know for sure when the FCC issues its “Eligibility Public Notice” spelling out the facilities that the Commission believes to be entitled to protection. The notice will specify a deadline by which protected licensees will have to submit Schedule 381. (We’re guessing that that won’t happen before the late summer of 2015, but you never know.) Completion of the form will entail a number of separate and distinct chores.Continue Reading...