In accordance with congressional directives, the FCC adopted analog “nightlight” rules yesterday that would allow certain TV stations to continue broadcasts in analog format for 30 days after the February 17 digital television (DTV) transition deadline for emergency purposes and to inform the public about the transition. The FCC’s action fulfills provisions of the Short-Term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act that were signed into law last month and that required the FCC to implement analog nightlight rules by January 15. Noting that its action is intended “to aid consumers who are not able to receive digital signals” and to “help consumers understand the steps they need to take in order to restore their television service,” the FCC is allowing 826 pre-approved stations to participate in the nightlight program. Stations that are not on the pre-approved list will be able to demonstrate their eligibility by proving that their proposed analog broadcasts will not cause more than 0.1% of new interference to an adjacent DTV station. Any station deemed ineligible will be “encouraged to participate in a joint effort with other stations in their community by contributing financial, technical, or other resources to support operation of another broadcaster’s analog station.” It remains unclear whether the nightlight rules will go into effect on February 17 given efforts by the Obama transition team and members of Congress to extend the DTV conversion deadline.