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Digital Television Broadcast Service; Victoria, TX

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission requests comments on a petition filed by Surtsey Productions, Inc., licensee of station KVCT-TV, Victoria, Texas, requesting the substitution of DTV channel 11 for station KVCT-TV's assigned DTV channel 34. DTV Channel 11 can be allotted to Victoria, Texas, in compliance with the principle community coverage requirements of Section 73.625(a) at reference coordinates (28-50-26 N. and 97-07-47 W.). As requested, we propose to allot DTV Channel 11 to Victoria with a power of 18.0 and a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 311 meters. However, since the community of Victoria is located within 275 kilometers of the U.S.-Mexican border, concurrence by the Mexican government must be obtained for this allotment.


Comments must be filed on or before September 17, 2001, and reply comments on or before October 2, 2001.


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: Harry F. Cole, Bechtel & Cole, 1901 L Street, NW., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20036 (Counsel for Surtsey Productions, 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. 01-161, adopted July 24, 2001, and released July 27, 2001. 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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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73

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

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

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

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2. Section 73.622(b), the Table of Digital Television Allotments under Texas is amended by removing DTV Channel 34 and adding DTV Channel 11 at Victoria.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Barbara A. Kreisman,

Chief, Video Services Division, Mass Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 01-19143 Filed 7-31-01; 8:45 am]