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Digital Television Broadcast Service; Sumter, SC

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission requests comments on a petition filed by McLaughlin Broadcasting, Inc., licensee of Station WQHG-TV, NTSC Channel 63, Sumter, South Carolina, proposing the substitution of DTV Channel 39 for Station WQHB-TV's assigned DTV Channel 38. DTV Channel 39 can be allotted to Sumter, South Carolina, in compliance with the principle community coverage requirements of Section 73.625(a) at reference coordinates (34-06-33N. and 80-44-35 W.). As requested, we propose to allot DTV Channel 39 to Sumter with a power of 500 and a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 269 meters.


Comments must be filed on or before November 27, 2000, and reply comments on or before December 12, 2000.

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Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the petitioner, or its counsel or consultant, as follows: Gene A. Bechtel, Bechtel and Cole, Chartered, Suite 250, 1901 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Counsel for McLaughlin Broadcasting, Inc.).

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Pam Blumenthal, Mass Media Bureau, (202) 418-1600.

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This is a synopsis of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MM Docket No. 00-182, adopted October 3, 2000, and released October 4, 2000. The full text of this Commission decision is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Center 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. The complete text of this decision may also be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Services, Inc., (202) 857-3800, 1231 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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 are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1204(b) for rules governing permissible ex parte contacts.

For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, see 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Barbara A. Kreisman,

Chief, Video Services Division, Mass Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 00-25737 Filed 10-5-00; 8:45 am]