Attention LPTV, Class A TV and TV Translator CP and license applicants: Form 2100 is your ONLY option as of February 23.
Last September we introduced our readers to the new “Licensing and Management System” (LMS) that the Commission plans to use as a one-stop-shop for all broadcast forms. Once LMS is fully operational, our old friend the Consolidated Database System (CDBS) will be put out to pasture. (Before you think about cheering for the demise of CDBS, you might want to take Form 2100 out for a test spin – CDBS may be a devil, but it’s the devil we know.)
As we previously reported, in LMS all the various broadcast applications and forms which have traditionally been identified by separate numbers will now all have a common form number, Form 2100, but will be identified as separate “schedules” to that form. So, for example, where a full-power TV construction permit applicant used to have to file Form 301 in CDBS, in LMS the applicant will file Form 2100, including Schedule A. Full-service TV license applicants used to have to file Form 302-DT; in LMS they’ll file Form 2100, including Schedule B.
As initially rolled out last fall, LMS offered only Schedules A and B. But progress is clearly being made on the LMS front: a recent public notice advises that four more schedules (Schedules C, D, E and F) have now been added to the Form 2100 options.
The new schedules are to be used by Class A, LPTV and TV Translator applicants for the following purposes:
Schedule C – Obtaining a construction permit for an LPTV or TV Translator station. This replaces Form 346.
Schedule D – Obtaining a license to cover an LPTV or TV Translator station. This replaces Form 347.
Schedule E – Obtaining a construction permit for a Class A TV station. This replaces Form 301-CA.
Schedule F – Obtaining a license to cover a Class A TV construction permit. This replaces Form 302-CA.
And heads up, if you’re a Class A, LPTV or TV Translator applicant and you’re planning on filing for a CP or covering license, you’re going to have to use Form 2100 and the appropriate schedule as of February 23, 2015.