On December 22, 2009, the FCC Media Bureau announced that it is postponing initiation of nationwide first-come, first-served, digital-only licensing for low-power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations until July 26, 2010.
In a June 2009 Public Notice, the FCC announced that it would allow parties to file applications for new digital-only LPTV and TV translator stations and for major changes to existing analog and digital LPTV and TV translator facilities in so-called "rural areas" beginning on August 25, 2009. The FCC initially advised that it would open the filing window to all interested parties without geographic restriction on January 25, 2010.
The Bureau noted that postponement of the January 25, 2010 date is necessary to complete the processing of applications filed for rural areas since August 25, 2009, and that it will permit the staff to dedicate additional time and resources to the National Broadband Plan. Parties may still submit applications for digital LPTV and TV translator facilities in "rural areas," and may continue to submit other applications permitted under FCC rules.