·         For purposes of this form, a reduction of analog service affecting more than 10 percent of the population in a station’s service area, as represented by the predicted Grade B contour, will be treated as a termination.


FCC 09-19 Public Interest Related Conditions for Early Analog Termination

Certification Regarding Continuing Analog Service

·         At least 90 percent of the population in the station’s Grade B analog contour will continue to receive some analog service, until June 12, 2009, in the form of “enhanced nightlight” service (described below), or some combination of enhanced nightlight and “full” analog service from a major network affiliate.[1]  Note that if the certifying station is relying on one or more other major network affiliates, the station must confirm that the affiliates relied on remain able to cover at least 90 percent of the population in the station’s Grade B coverage area even if the affiliates are operating at reduced power.

·         “Enhanced nightlight” service constitutes the broadcast, by a major network affiliate, of an analog signal providing, at a minimum, DTV transition and emergency information, as well as local news and public affairs programming.  Both DTV transition and emergency information must be accessible to the disability community (e.g., broadcast notices must have an audio component, as well as being closed or open captioned).  The local news, public affairs, and other non-emergency programming are not subject to the programming restrictions of the Analog Nightlight Act, and as such may include commercial advertising.[2]

·         The DTV transition information must be provided in Spanish and English, and must include demonstrations of converter box installations and antenna setups; the location and operating hours of all walk-in DTV help centers in the market (including centers not affiliated with the station); [3] the FCC Call Center telephone and TTY numbers; the telephone number for the local or toll-free consumer referral telephone number provided by the station; and other helpful information about the DTV transition.

Certification Regarding Other Public Interest Conditions

Walk-In Help Centers

·         The station, alone or together with other stations or local businesses and organizations in the market, will provide at least one location and sufficient staff for a consumer “walk-in” help center.  The walk-in help center(s) must be able to: assist consumers with applying for coupons and obtaining converter boxes; demonstrate how to install and operate converter boxes; assist consumers with antenna, reception, and coverage questions; provide maps and lists of communities that may be affected by coverage issues; and serve as a redistribution point for consumers who are willing to donate coupons, converter boxes, and televisions for those in need of these items. The certification must specify whether the station will operate the walk-in help center(s) itself or rely on other organizations in the market. 

·         Each walk-in help center must contain (for hands-on demonstration purposes) at least one analog-only television, one coupon-eligible digital-to-analog converter box, one VCR, DVD player, or game console (to demonstrate how to hook-up such devices in conjunction with a digital-to-analog converter box), and one antenna able to receive the digital signals of the local broadcast station(s).  A display area for printed literature regarding the digital-to-analog converter box coupon program, connection guides for digital-to-analog converter boxes, and guides for antenna and reception issues is also required.  There must also be at least one computer with an Internet connection so that consumers can, among other things, apply online for converter box coupons and view coverage maps for broadcast stations in their area.  The walk-in help center must also have a DVD player attached to a TV that is not being used for setup demonstrations, so that consumers can view educational videos regarding installing a converter box and videos regarding antennas, reception, and coverage issues. 


·         The staff at the walk-in help center must be prepared to demonstrate the use of the equipment on site; to provide information about any service losses for viewers of local stations; to assist viewers with accessing DTV transition information online; and to assist them with their personal equipment if they bring it to the center.


·         At least one walk-in help center must be open every day from at least 12:00 pm (noon) to 8 p.m. for the first 21 days this requirement is in effect, and between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, thereafter.  This requirement terminates on June 12, 2009.  There must be at least one broadcast station employee, from any participating station, on-site at all times during the operating hours of the center.

Consumer Referral Telephone Numbers

·         The station must provide a local or toll-free consumer referral telephone number to the Commission, and must staff this number with personnel that can answer complex viewer questions, particularly about reception.[4]  This will serve to supplement the Commission’s national call center.  The certification must specify whether the station’s referral number will be staffed by the station itself or if the station is relying on another entity or entities to respond to consumer calls and referrals.

DTV Education and Outreach

·         No later than 30 days prior to its analog termination, the station will provide the Commission with the following information: the address and operating hours of the Walk-In Help Center, and the phone number and operating hours applicable to the consumer referral telephone number, that the station will be relying on to meet these obligations, as well as the name and phone number of the station’s point of contact for these issues.  This information will be submitted by way of an update to the Analog Service Termination Notification.

·         Each station is encouraged to coordinate with and use community resources to provide off-air consumer outreach and support, including in-home assistance and other helpful information about the DTV transition.

[1] For example, combined coverage can be provided by a major network affiliate that is not transitioning early, but that does not provide full analog service to at least 90 percent of the population in the certifying station’s Grade B analog contour.  We note that if some combination of major network affiliates provide full analog service to at least 90 percent of the population in the certifying station’s Grade B coverage area through June 12, 2009, the station is exempt from these requirements.

[2] Implementation of Short-Term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act; Establishment of DTV Transition “Analog Nightlight” Program, MB Docket No. 08-255, Report and Order, FCC 09-2 (rel. Jan 15, 2009) (“Analog Nightlight Order”).

[3] The Commission will publicize the location and hours of local walk-in centers via our website at https://dtvsupport.fcc.gov/dtvtools, using the detailed data provided by stations.

[4] See § III.C. 2, infra.