[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 153 (Thursday, August 7, 2008)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-18214]

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[Report No. AUC-08-85-E (Auction 85); AU Docket No. 08-22; DA 08-1681]

Auction of LPTV and TV Translator Digital Companion Channels 
Scheduled for November 5, 2008; Settlement Period Extended to August 
14, 2008

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This document announces the extension of the filing period for 
parties with mutually exclusive proposals to file their settlement 
agreements for the upcoming auction of Low Power Television (LPTV) and 
TV Translator Digital Companion Channel construction permits, Auction 

DATES: Settlement filing period extended to August 14, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
Auctions and Spectrum Access Division: Lynne Milne at 202-418-0660 or 
Media Bureau, Video Division: Shaun Maher at 202-418-2324.

    1. On July 17, 2008, the Wireless Telecommunications and the Media 
Bureaus (collectively, the Bureaus) announced an auction of 
construction permits for LPTV and TV Translator digital companion 
channels (Auction 85), scheduled to commence on November 5, 2008, and 
sought comment on procedures for conducting Auction 85. The Auction 85 
Comment Public Notice, 73 FR 43230, July 24, 2008, also announced a 
settlement period beginning July 17, 2008 and ending at 6 p.m. Eastern 
Time (ET) on Thursday, July 31, 2008. The prohibition of collusion set 
forth in 47 CFR 1.2105(c) and 73.5002(d) was temporarily lifted during 
this limited period to allow parties with proposals in the mutually 
exclusive (MX) groups identified in that Public Notice to dismiss their 
proposals, enter into settlement agreements or otherwise resolve their 
mutual exclusivities by means of engineering solutions.
    2. On July 25, 2008, the Bureaus received a request to extend the 
Auction 85 settlement period until September 8, 2008, stating that 
Auction 85 applicants have not had sufficient time to allow for the 
negotiation of potential settlements and the preparation of necessary 
engineering and legal documents to be filed by July 31, 2008.
    3. After careful consideration, the Bureaus determined that a two-
week extension of the Auction 85 settlement period could be 
accommodated without disruption to the auction schedule. Therefore, the 
Auction 85 settlement period is extended to August 14, 2008 at 6:00 PM 
Eastern Time (ET). The parties must submit their requests for 
dismissal, settlement agreements (including affidavits required by 47 
CFR 73.3525), and/or engineering submissions by the deadline on August 
14, 2008, following the procedures described in the Auction 85 Comment 
Public Notice.

Federal Communications Commission.
Gary D. Michaels,
Deputy Chief, Auctions and Spectrum Access Division, WTB.
 [FR Doc. E8-18214 Filed 8-6-08; 8:45 am]