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Digital Television Broadcast Service; Portland, ME

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission requests comments request filed by HMW, Inc, requesting the substitution of DTV 43 for DTV channel 4 at Portland, Maine. DTV Channel 43 can be allotted to Portland, Maine, in compliance with the principle community coverage requirements of Section 73.625(a) at reference coordinates 43-51-06 N. and 70-19-40 W. As requested, we propose to allot DTV Channel 43 to Portland with a power of 750 and a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 265 meters. However, since the community of Portland is located within 400 kilometers of the U.S.-Canadian border, concurrence from the Canadian government must be obtained for this allotment.


Comments must be filed on or before April 22, 2002, and reply comments on or before May 7, 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: David D. Oxenford, Brendan Holland, Shaw Pittman, LLP, 2300 N Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037-1128 (Counsel for HMW, 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 Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MM Docket No. 00-133, adopted February 25, 2002, and released March 1, 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 202-863-2893, 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 Maine is amended by removing DTV Channel 4 and adding DTV Channel 43 at Portland.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Barbara A. Kreisman,

Chief, Video Services Division, Mass Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 02-4980 Filed 3-1-02; 8:45 am]