Low-Power Television and Translator Digital-to-Analog

To convert the incoming digital signal of the eligible low-power station's corresponding full-power television station to analog format for transmission on the low-power television stations analog channel.

Agency - Department of Commerce

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Website Address


Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides compensation toward the cost of the purchase of a digital-to-Analog conversion device.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Low-Power television broadcast station, Class A television station, television translator station, or television booster station that is itself broadcasting exclusively in analog format and has not purchased a digital-to-analog conversion device prior to the enactment of the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, February 8, 2006.

Priority compensation 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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public in area served by the eligible station.


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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Program staff members are available to provide technical and other assistance in preparing application forms.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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/. By the deadline applicants must file a completed application form, required certifications and complete ACH payment form. Applications postmarked or received after the deadline are returned to applicants.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed for completeness and verified with FCC data. Payments are direct electronic transfers through the Automated Clearing House(ACH) system.


An eligible low-power television station may receive compensation from this program only if it submits a request for such compensation on or before February 17, 2009.


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

Award payments are generally within 90 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

ACH payments are generally within 90 days.

Post Assistance Requirements




Audits may be conducted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award and Department of Commerce Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions.


Grant recipient must retain records for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $10,000,000; FY 08 est $10,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Available from www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Mr. William Cooperman, Director, Broadcast Division, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications/NTIA, Room 4812, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482-5802.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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