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Proposed Rule

Television Broadcasting Services Butte, Montana

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed by Sinclair Media Licensee, LLC (Petitioner), the licensee of KTVM-TV (NBC), channel 6, Butte, Montana. The Petitioner requests the substitution of channel 20 for channel 6 at Butte, Montana in the DTV Table of Allotments.


Comments must be filed on or before June 9, 2021 and reply comments on or before June 24, 2021.


Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve counsel for the Petitioner as follows: Paul A. Cicelski, Esq., Lerman Senter, PLLC, 2001 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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Joyce Bernstein, Media Bureau, at (202) 418-1647; or Joyce Bernstein, Media Bureau, at

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In support of its channel substitution request, the Petitioner states that the Commission has recognized that VHF channels have Start Printed Page 24838certain propagation characteristics which may cause reception issues for some viewers. Petitioner further states that KTVM-TV has received numerous complaints from viewers unable to receive that Station's over-the-air signal, despite being able to receive signals from other stations, and that its channel substitution proposal will result in more effective building penetration for indoor antenna reception. In addition, the Petitioner states that while the proposed channel 20 facility's noise limited contour does not completely encompass the relevant channel 6 noise limited contour, KTVM-TV is an NBC affiliate and there are two other NBC affiliated stations that serve some of the portions of the loss area. The Petitioner also submitted an analysis, using the Commission's TVStudy software analysis program, demonstrating that after taking into account service provided by the other NBC stations, all of the population located within KTVM-TV's original post-transition channel 6 noise limited contour will continue to receive NBC service, except for 66 people. The Bureau used the technical parameters of KTVM-TV's original post-transition digital channel 6 facility (File Nos. BPCDT-20080314ADF and BLCDT-20090622ADT) in determining any predicted loss which may occur from the proposed channel substitution.

This is a synopsis of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket No. 21-185; RM-11906; DA 21-475, adopted April 26, 2021, and released April 26, 2021. The full text of this document is available for download at​edocs. To request materials in accessible formats (braille, large print, computer diskettes, or audio recordings), please send an email to or call the Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (VOICE), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

This document does not contain 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, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, do not apply to this proceeding.

Members of the public should note that all ex parte contacts are prohibited from the time a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is issued to the time the matter is no longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, see 47 CFR 1.1208. There are, however, exceptions to this prohibition, which can be found in Section 1.1204(a) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.1204(a).

See Sections 1.415 and 1.420 of the Commission's rules for information regarding the proper filing procedures for comments, 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73

  • Television
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Federal Communications Commission.

Thomas Horan,

Chief of Staff, Media Bureau.

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Proposed Rule

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, 155, 301, 303, 307, 309, 310, 334, 336, 339.

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2. In § 73.622 in paragraph (i), amend the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments under Montana by revising the entry for Butte to read as follows:

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Digital television table of allotments.
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CommunityChannel No.
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[FR Doc. 2021-09694 Filed 5-7-21; 8:45 am]