Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program

The Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program (Upgrade Program) reimburses licensees of eligible low-power television stations for equipment to upgrade low-power television stations from analog to digital in eligible rural communities.


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides reimbursement toward the cost of equipment to upgrade low-power television stations from analog to digital broadcasting.

The program will provide reimbursement for equipment to upgrade low-power stations in eligible rural communities from analog to digital.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Communications

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public; Rural

Credentials/Documentation

All applicants must supply proof of eligibility. Applicants must certify proof of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. Applicants must provide assurances required under Program Rules and Regulations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The application forms as furnished by the Federal Agency/LPTV and approved by OMB must be used for this program. The Application Kit can be retrieved from the web-site at www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv. By the deadlines, applicants must file a completed application form and required certifications. Applications postmarked or received after the deadline will be held until the next grant round.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed for completeness and verified with FCC data. Priority compensation shall be given to eligible low-power television stations in which the license is held by a non-profit corporation or eligible low-power television stations that serve rural areas of fewer than 10,000 viewers.

Deadlines

May 12, 2009 to Jul 13, 2009: The Priority Round Closing Date. After August 10, 2009, applications for the next grant round must be received at NTIA by 5 p.m., Eastern Time, the first business day of each subsequent month as long as funds are available (Closing Dates). Applications received after any of the monthly Closing Dates will be held until the next grant round.

Authorization

Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C.309(j)(8)(E) as amended, Public Law 109-171 Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Title III - Digital Television Transition and Public Safety, February 8, 2006.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The Program will conduct a grant round for those applicants that qualify for priority reimbursement, then will conduct grant rounds on a continuing basis until all funds are awarded.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payments are generally within 90 days. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Audits may be conducted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions.

Records

Grant recipient must retain records for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-5396-0-2-376.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $41,370,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$6,000-$20,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Available from www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Mr. William Cooperman Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications/NTIA
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 4812
, Washington 20230 Email: lptv@ntia.doc.gov Phone: 202 482-5802

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Priority reimbursement shall be given to eligible low-power television stations in which the license is held by a non-profit corporation and eligible low-power television stations that serve rural areas of fewer than 10,000 viewers.



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