The FCC has confirmed it will accept applications for Next Generation Television (Next Gen TV or ATSC 3.0) licences through the Commission’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) beginning on May 28th, 2019.
On November 16th, 2017, the Commission adopted rules authorising television broadcasters to use the Next Gen TV transmission standard on a voluntary, market-driven basis; however, before accepting applications for Next Gen TV licences, the Bureau needed to revise the Form 2100 and modify LMS to accommodate the filing of such applications.
This work has now been completed. The Bureau has revised FCC Form 2100, Schedule B (full service television stations), Schedule D (low power and television translator stations), and Schedule F (Class A television stations), so that broadcasters may now file applications for modification of licences to authorise the transmission of Next Gen TV broadcast signals. All licensed full power, Class A, low power television (LPTV), and TV Translator stations, with the exception of licensed channel sharing stations, may begin filing the Next Gen TV licence applications in LMS beginning on May 28th, 2019.