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FCC 73.3800
Revised as of October 26, 2020
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  73.3800   Full power television channel sharing outside the incentive
auction.

   (a) Eligibility. Subject to the provisions of this section, a full
   power television station with an auction-related Channel Sharing
   Agreement (CSA) may voluntarily seek Commission approval to relinquish
   its channel to share a single six megahertz channel with a full power,
   Class A, low power, or TV translator television station. An
   auction-related CSA is a CSA filed with and approved by the Commission
   pursuant to § 73.3700(b)(1)(vii).

   (b) Licensing of channel sharing stations. (1) Each station sharing a
   single channel pursuant to this section shall continue to be licensed
   and operated separately, have its own call sign, and be separately
   subject to all applicable Commission obligations, rules, and policies.

   (2) A full power television channel sharing station relinquishing its
   channel must file an application for a construction permit (FCC Form
   2100), include a copy of the CSA as an exhibit, and cross reference the
   other sharing station(s). Any engineering changes necessitated by the
   CSA may be included in the station's application. Upon initiation of
   shared operations, the station relinquishing its channel must notify
   the Commission that it has terminated operation pursuant to § 73.1750
   and each sharing station must file an application for license (FCC Form
   2100).

   (c) Channel sharing between full power television stations and Class A,
   Low power television, or TV translator stations. (1) A full power
   television sharee station (defined as a station relinquishing a channel
   in order to share) that is a party to a CSA with a Class A sharer
   station (defined as the station hosting a sharee pursuant to a CSA)
   must comply with the rules governing power levels and interference
   applicable to Class A stations, and must comply in all other respects
   with the rules and policies applicable to full power television
   stations set forth in this part.

   (2) A full power television sharee station that is a party to a CSA
   with a low power television or TV translator sharer station must comply
   with the rules of part 74 of this chapter governing power levels and
   interference applicable to low power television or TV translator
   stations, and must comply in all other respects with the rules and
   policies applicable to full power television stations set forth in this
   part.

   (d) Channel sharing between commercial and noncommercial educational
   television stations. (1) A CSA may be executed between commercial and
   NCE broadcast television station licensees.

   (2) The licensee of an NCE station operating on a reserved channel
   under § 73.621 that becomes a party to a CSA, either as a channel sharee
   station or as a channel sharer station, will retain its NCE status and
   must continue to comply with § 73.621.

   (3) If the licensee of an NCE station operating on a reserved channel
   under § 73.621 becomes a party to a CSA, either as a channel sharee
   station or as a channel sharer station, the portion of the shared
   television channel on which the NCE station operates shall be reserved
   for NCE-only use.

   (4) The licensee of an NCE station operating on a reserved channel
   under § 73.621 that becomes a party to a CSA may assign or transfer its
   shared license only to an entity qualified under § 73.621 as an NCE
   television licensee.

   (e) Deadline for implementing CSAs. CSAs submitted pursuant to this
   section must be implemented within three years of the grant of the
   channel sharing construction permit.

   (f) Channel sharing agreements (CSAs). (1) CSAs submitted under this
   section must contain provisions outlining each licensee's rights and
   responsibilities regarding:

   (i) Access to facilities, including whether each licensee will have
   unrestrained access to the shared transmission facilities;

   (ii) Allocation of bandwidth within the shared channel;

   (iii) Operation, maintenance, repair, and modification of facilities,
   including a list of all relevant equipment, a description of each
   party's financial obligations, and any relevant notice provisions; and

   (iv) Transfer/assignment of a shared license, including the ability of
   a new licensee to assume the existing CSA; and

   (v) Termination of the license of a party to the CSA, including
   reversion of spectrum usage rights to the remaining parties to the CSA.

   (2) CSAs must include provisions:

   (i) Affirming compliance with the channel sharing requirements in this
   section and all relevant Commission rules and policies; and

   (ii) Requiring that each channel sharing licensee shall retain spectrum
   usage rights adequate to ensure a sufficient amount of the shared
   channel capacity to allow it to provide at least one Standard
   Definition program stream at all times.

   (g) Termination and assignment/transfer of shared channel. (1) Upon
   termination of the license of a party to a CSA, the spectrum usage
   rights covered by that license may revert to the remaining parties to
   the CSA. Such reversion shall be governed by the terms of the CSA in
   accordance with paragraph (f)(1)(v) of this section. If upon
   termination of the license of a party to a CSA only one party to the
   CSA remains, the remaining licensee may file an application for license
   to change its status to non-shared.

   (2) If the rights under a CSA are transferred or assigned, the assignee
   or the transferee must comply with the terms of the CSA in accordance
   with paragraph (f)(1)(iv) of this section. If the transferee or
   assignee and the licensees of the remaining channel sharing station or
   stations agree to amend the terms of the existing CSA, the agreement
   may be amended, subject to Commission approval.

   (h) Notice to MVPDs. (1) Stations participating in channel sharing
   agreements must provide notice to MVPDs that:

   (i) No longer will be required to carry the station because of the
   relocation of the station;

   (ii) Currently carry and will continue to be obligated to carry a
   station that will change channels; or

   (iii) Will become obligated to carry the station due to a channel
   sharing relocation.

   (2) The notice required by this section must contain the following
   information:

   (i) Date and time of any channel changes;

   (ii) The channel occupied by the station before and after
   implementation of the CSA;

   (iii) Modification, if any, to antenna position, location, or power
   levels;

   (iv) Stream identification information; and

   (v) Engineering staff contact information.

   (3) Should any of the information in paragraph (h)(2) of this section
   change, an amended notification must be sent.

   (4) Sharee stations must provide notice as required by this section at
   least 90 days prior to terminating operations on the sharee's channel.
   Sharer stations and sharee stations must provide notice as required by
   this section at least 90 days prior to initiation of operations on the
   sharer channel. Should the anticipated date to either cease operations
   or commence channel sharing operations change, the stations must send a
   further notice to affected MVPDs informing them of the new anticipated
   date(s).

   (5) Notifications provided to cable systems pursuant to this section
   must be either mailed to the system's official address of record
   provided in the cable system's most recent filing in the FCC's Cable
   Operations and Licensing System (COALS) Form 322, or emailed to the
   system if the system has provided an email address. For all other
   MVPDs, the letter must be addressed to the official corporate address
   registered with their State of incorporation.

   [ 82 FR 18249 , Apr. 18, 2017]

   


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