Even after yesterday’s deadline for filing ETRS Form Three in connection with the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System back in October, there are two more deadlines coming next week that broadcasters should bear in mind. As you prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget these FCC deadlines. Most broadcasters have received plenty of notice about the December 1 deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports. The FCC has been pushing for stations to fill these out completely and accurately by the deadline (see this reminder issued by the FCC just yesterday), as the Commission uses these reports to get a snapshot of who owns and controls what broadcast stations. The reports also provide information about ownership diversity as they request information about the gender, race, and ethnicity of attributable owners. The reports are required for all full-power stations (both commercial and noncommercial stations are covered) and for LPTV stations. For more about the biennial ownership report filing requirement and the importance that the FCC puts on these reports, see our 2021 article here.
A deadline that has not received as much publicity is the November 29 deadline for users of the “13 GHz” spectrum to certify to the FCC that their systems are being used where licensed, or to file applications to modify the systems to accurately reflect their current use. The spectrum, which includes operations from 12.7 to 13.25 GHz, is used by some broadcasters for Electronic News Gathering and for Studio Transmitter Links. There may be other broadcast auxiliary uses beyond ENG and STLs that are also conducted in this band, so check your operations to see if a filing is required.Continue Reading Reminder: Deadlines Next Week for Biennial Ownership Reports and Filings to Preserve and Protect Broadcast Auxiliary Operations in the 12.7-13.25 GHz (13 GHz) Band