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LPTV - Service offerings and Sample Repack Budget - Reimbursment* 

LPTV - Budget -FCC Catalog

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I believe these are the main issues to be contended with to maximize LPTV reimbursement.

 

Once an LPTV has determined it is eligible. These next hurdles are the most important to getting reimbursed.

 

  1. 399 - OR INVENTORY and NEW CONFIGURATION ENGINEERING.

 

THIS IS WHERE THE MONEY IS DECIDED BY THE FCC. WE NEED TO BE AS ACCRUATE AND COMPLETE  AS POSSIBLE TO CAPTURE THE MAXIMUM BUDGET REQUIRED TO MOVE CHANNELS!! Unlike the Full Power – My belief is there will not be any FUNDS available to ask for amendments or CO’s later! We cannot underbudget this project. If we have left over funds they will be released to other LPTV’s. It is imperative to not be under budget here. Frugal and accurate but not under.

 

The conundrum is we may have the LPTV on new CH before the FCC is ready to reimburse.

Between now and the time the OMB and FCC finish the LMS data configuration each LPTV will be doing this to ensure they are reviewed promptly by the FCC. Giving them the best chance to receive full reimbursement.

  1. FUNDS-
    1. Consider this a Capital cash project
      1. The project may be complete or at least most of the budget will be spent by the time the FCC and OMB are ready.
      2. FCC timing on first reimbursements looks like OCT ’19 at the earliest the LPTV can expect deposits.
      3. AUGUST 2019 -Both the OMB and FCC believe this will be when the 399 and 1876 banking systems will be operational for LPTV to add data.
      4. Be the FIRST IN with 399 and 1876 and INVOICES to maximize reimbursement since the cap is $150m – Will you be ready!

 

  1. INVENTORY for 399
  1. existing equipment
  2. configuration - TX headroom
  3. third party involvement-
    1. tower owner/lease
    2. shared facilities – contracts
    3. vendors
    4. landlords and easements
  1. ENGINEERING and DESIGN
    1. Design – for kW and TX and ANT needs
    2. Configuration – baseline and upgrades
    3. Licenses and STA’s
    4. TOWER!!!!!!!!!! Need T/A ASAP.
  2. EQUIPMENT and VENDORS
    1. SUPPLY and DEMAND of all resources for the project are already full and with the addition of ~2,000 LPTV repacks there will be no room for wasting time to get EQ and Vendors lined up
      1. TX
      2. ANT and LINE
      3. QComm – DONE!
        1. 399, PM< ENGR< INSTALLATION, ETC
      4. VENDORS – for services yet to be determined.

 

I agree with and find these paragraphs to be the most pertinent to LPTV's at this time.  The above is based upon these quotes.

 

RELATIVE QUOTES FROM CommLawBlog-

“Licensees seeking reimbursement will next be required to file an initial Reimbursement Form identifying

their existing broadcasting equipment, along with the types and estimated amounts of costs they expect to

incur and for which they will seek reimbursement.”

“Once all Eligibility Certifications and initial Reimbursement Forms have been submitted and reviewed by

the Media Bureau, the Commission plans to issue an initial allocation to each eligible station. As was the

case with full-power television reimbursements, this allocation will be based on a to-be-determined

percentage of anticipated and approved costs.”

 

“Prior to receiving any reimbursements, eligible licensees will also need to file confidential information about their destination bank account for payments, using the FCC Form 1876 and the CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module.”

 

“Once a licensee’s final payment is made, which is supposed to occur by November 13, 2020, but may be

extended until no later than July 3, 2023, the licensee will be required to retain relevant documentation

for a period of ten years.”

*Matrix built with these assumptions:

Information adapted from the March 2019 FCC Catalog of Potential Expenses for LPTV

  1. MASKS -UHF – Full Service
  2.  TRANSMITTERS - UHF – AIR COOLED -50/700/4,000 watts
  3. ANTENNAS – UHF LOW POWER – Yagi/2kW SideMT/5kW SideMT
  4. TRANSMISSION LINE – FLEXIBLE – 500’ – 1/2IN/15/8IN/4IN
  5. TOWER RIGGING - <500/750/>1000
  6. TOWER – NO WORK required
  7. OTHER PROFESSIONAL FEE – PM- 25/100/200 HRS @$154
    1. FORM 399 ASSIST – 20/40/60 HRS @$100/HR
  8. OTHER POTENTIAL COSTS –
    1. EQ DISPOSAL – EST FROM EXPERIENCE IN REPACK
    2. EQ STORAGE - EST FROM EXPERIENCE IN REPACK
    3. EQ DELIVERY- EST FROM EXPERIENCE IN REPACK
  9. The matrix is only a sample for estimating initial budgeting issues for Repack purposes and is not a legal or actual budget.
  10. FCC Catalog of Potential Expenses March 2019 - DA-18-1072A2

 

 

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