As we noted in our post yesterday, the OMB recently approved the FCC’s forms to allow for reimbursement of the expenses of LPTV and TV translator stations and FM stations (full power and low power) and FM translators caused by the repacking of the TV spectrum following the incentive auction. This approval sets the stage for the reimbursement process to begin. The FCC yesterday released a public notice giving details for the filing of those reimbursement requests – and setting a deadline of October 15 for the initial filings. Only stations operating as of April 13, 2017 are eligible for such reimbursement – and broadcasters seeking reimbursement will need to file sufficient information to detail the expenses for which they seek reimbursement. Other eligibility restrictions apply, so review the instructions and filing guidelines carefully to make sure that you qualify, and that you submit the information necessary to justify your reimbursement request.
Also, the FCC issued a second related Public Notice providing instructions for use of the FCC’s CORES database which will be used to verify the payment information for each licensee entitled to reimbursement. Stations need to provide the FCC with their financial account information in order to be reimbursed. Again, it’s important that you follow the instructions carefully to ensure that the reimbursement is made on a timely basis.