As reported yesterday, the rules for the DTV Education Initiative became effective on March 31, 2008. The FCC has also received final approval for the FCC Form 388 and, as of April 1, the Commission has posted the form on its webpage.

Heads up!!!  Form 388 is NOT available in CDBS.  Rather, it must be filed as a Report in MB Docket 07-148.  The FCC has made available two versions of the form – one in Microsoft Word, one in PDF.  The Word version DOES permit the user to fill in the form through the computer.  The PDF form is NOT interactive (at least as of this writing) – so if you want to use the PDF, you will need either to (a) print it out and fill it in by hand or typewriter or (b) configure it on your own to be interactive.

Whether you use the Word version or the PDF, once you have filled in the form you will need to save it and file it electronically through the FCC’s E-filing (ECFS) system.  Note that you may also need to include supplementary sheets as part of your filing – those will need to be filed through ECFS as well.

The form must be filed no later than April 10, 2008.  Because it appears that the process of completing the form will be more cumbersome than many FCC filings, anyone required to file Form 388 should get started filling in the form sooner rather than later. 

Feel free to call us if you have any questions.