Federal Communications Commission.
The Commission requests comments on a petition filed by Sonshine Family Television, Inc., licensee of station WBPH-TV, NTSC channel 60, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, proposing the substitution of DTV channel 9 for station WBPH-TV's assigned DTV channel 59. DTV Channel 9 can be allotted to at reference coordinates 40-33-52 N. and 75-26-24 W. with a power of 3.2, a height above average terrain HAAT of 284 meters. However, since the community of Bethlehem 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 June 17, 2002, and reply comments on or before July 2, 2002.
The Commission permits the electronic filing of all pleadings and comments in proceeding involving petitions for rule making (except in broadcast allotment proceedings). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rule Making Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113 (rel. April 6, 1998). Filings by paper can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). The Commission's contractor, Vistronix, Inc., will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the petitioner, or its counsel or consultant, as follows: J. Geoffrey Bentley, Bentley Law Office, P.O. Box 710207, Herndon, Virginia 20171 (Counsel for Sonshine Family Television, Inc.).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Pam Blumenthal, Media Bureau, (202) 418-1600.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This is a synopsis of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 02-81, adopted April 22, 2002, and released April 26, 2002. 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 email@example.com.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73
- Digital television broadcasting
For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR part 73 as follows:Start Part
PART 73—TELEVISION BROADCAST SERVICES
1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:
2. Section 73.622(b), the Table of Digital Television Allotments under Pennsylvania is amended by removing DTV channel 59c and adding DTV channel 9 at Bethlehem.
Federal Communications Commission.
Barbara A. Kreisman,
Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau.
[FR Doc. 02-10476 Filed 4-26-02; 8:45 am]
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