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Proposed Rule

Digital Television Broadcast Service; Silver City, NM

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission requests comments on a petition filed by KOB-TV, LLC, licensee of station KOBG-TV, NTSC channel 6, Silver City, New Mexico, proposing the allotment of DTV channel 8 to Silver City, as the community's second local commercial DTV service. DTV channel 8 can be allotted to Silver City, New Mexico, in compliance with Sections 73.622, 73.623(d) and 73.625(a) of the Commission's Rules. The coordinates for DTV channel 8 at Silver City are North Latitude 32-51-49 and West Longitude 108-14-27. However, since the community of Silver City 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 December 31, 2001, and reply comments on or before January 15, 2002.


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: Marvin Rosenberg, Holland & Knight LLP, 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20006 (Counsel for KOB-TV LLC).

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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. 01-310, adopted November 2, 2001, and released November 7, 2001. The full text of this document is available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. This document may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Qualex International, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 202-Start Printed Page 56630863-2893, facsimile 202-863-2898, or via-e-mail

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 New Mexico is amended adding DTV Channel 8 at Silver City.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Barbara A. Kreisman,

Chief, Video Services Division, Mass Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 01-28107 Filed 11-8-01; 8:45 am]