All commercial and noncommercial television stations - including licensed digital low power television stations - must file Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 317 electronically by December 1, 2010 to inform the FCC as to whether they have provided any ancillary or supplementary services on their digital spectrum during the 12-month period preceding September 30, 2010. Ancillary or supplementary services generally are defined as any services provided on the station's digital spectrum other than free, over-the-air video broadcasts. For example, a video program stream broadcast on a multicast channel at no direct charge to viewers is not considered to be an ancillary or supplementary service; by contrast, if viewers must pay a subscription fee to receive the program stream, it is an ancillary and supplementary service. Other examples of ancillary or supplementary services include, but are not limited to, computer software distribution, data transmissions, aural messages, paging services and audio signals.
All full power television stations must submit the Form 317, including those that are not operating pursuant to a license (i.e., those operating pursuant to Special Temporary Authority). Only licensed digital LPTV and Class A stations must submit the Form 317.
A station must file Form 317 even if the station has not provided any ancillary or supplementary services on its digital spectrum. In the event that ancillary or supplementary services were provided, stations must report the gross revenue collected for such services, if any, and must submit a payment in the amount of 5% of the gross revenue collected, along with a remittance form (Form 159).