[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 27537]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12657]



47 CFR Part 73

[MB Docket No. 18-153, RM-11801; DA 18-496]

Television Broadcasting Services; Block Island and Newport, Rhode 

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed 
by Ocean State Television, LLC (Petitioner or OST), licensee of 
television station WPXQ-TV, channel 17, Block Island, Rhode Island 
(WPXQ). WPXQ operates on channel 17 on a shared basis with commercial 
television station WLWC, New Bedford, Massachusetts, also licensed to 
OST. OST requests an amendment of the DTV Table of Allotments to delete 
channel 17 at Block Island, Rhode Island, and substitute channel 17 at 
Newport, Rhode Island. Petitioner also requests modification of WPXQ's 
license to specify Newport as its community of license pursuant to 
agency rules. The Petitioner asserts that substantial public interests 
weigh heavily in favor of reallocating WPXQ to Newport. Newport has a 
population of 24,027 while Block Island's population consists of 
approximately 1,000. Petitioner asserts that the proposed reallotment 
will cause no public harm because Block Island will not only continue 
to be served by five full-power commercial and one full-power non-
commercial television stations, but will also continue to receive the 
exact same over-the-air service from Petitioner that they are receiving 
currently. The proposal would result in a preferential allotment by 
providing Newport with its first local full-power television services 
in satisfaction of the Commission's second allotment priority, which is 
also consistent with Commission precedent and consistent with the 
public interest.

DATES: Comments must be filed on or before July 13, 2018, and reply 
comments on or before July 30, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing 
comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve counsel for 
petitioner as follows: Ocean State Television, LLC, c/o Cooley LLP, 
John R. Feore, Jr., Esq., Jason Rademacher, Esq., 1299 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004.

[email protected], phone 202-418-2769, Video Division, Media 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Commission's 
Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 18-153, adopted May 14, 
2018, and released May 15, 2018. The full text of this document is 
available for public inspection and copying during normal business 
hours in the FCC's Reference Information Center at Portals II, CY-A257, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. This document will also be 
available via ECFS (http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/). (Documents will be 
available electronically in ASCII, Word 97, and/or Adobe Acrobat.) To 
request this document in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large 
print, audio recording, and Braille), send an email to [email protected] 
or call the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 
(202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document does not 
contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. In addition, 
therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection 
burden ``for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,'' 
pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 
107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4).
    Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 do not apply 
to this proceeding. Members of the public should note that from the 
time a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued until the matter is no 
longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, all ex 
parte contacts (other than ex parte presentations exempt under 47 CFR 
1.1204(a)) are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, 
which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1208 for rules governing 
restricted proceedings.
    For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, 
see 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420.

List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73


Federal Communications Commission.
Barbara A. Kreisman,
Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau.

Proposed rules

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal 
Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR part 73 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

     Authority:  47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334, 336, and 339.

Sec.  73.622  [Amended]

2. Section 73.622(i), the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments under 
Rhode Island is amended by adding channel 17 at Newport and removing 
channel 17 at Block Island.

[FR Doc. 2018-12657 Filed 6-12-18; 8:45 am]