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Proposed Rule

Television Broadcasting Services; Traverse City, MI

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed by Barrington Traverse City License, LLC (“Barrington”), the licensee of station WPBN-TV, channel 7, Traverse City, Michigan. Barrington requests the substitution of digital channel 47 for digital channel 7 at Traverse City.


Comments must be filed on or before September 21, 2009, and reply comments on or before September 29, 2009.


Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve counsel for petitioner as follows: Marnie K. Sarver, Esq., Wiley Rein, LLP, 1776 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006.

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David Brown,, Media Bureau, (202) 418-1600.

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This is a synopsis of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 09-160, adopted August 27, 2009, and released August 28, 2009. The full text of this document is available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC's Reference Information Center at Portals II, CY-A257, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC, 20554. This document will also be available via ECFS (​cgb/​ecfs/​). (Documents will be available electronically in ASCII, Word 97, and/or Adobe Acrobat.) This document may be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1-800-478-3160 or via e-mail To request this document in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an e-mail to or call the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden “for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,” pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4).

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

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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, 336.

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2. Section 73.622(i), the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments under Michigan, is amended by adding DTV channel 47 and removing DTV channel 7 at Traverse City.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Clay C. Pendarvis,

Associate Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. E9-21390 Filed 9-3-09; 8:45 am]