TV and Translator Conversion
New User Guide
On October 29, 2007, NTIA announced the start of the
LPTV Digital-to-Analog Conversion grant program that will
help low-power television stations continue analog broadcasts
after the February 17, 2009, deadline for digital conversion
of full-power television.
As announced in the Federal
Register, this grant program will provide funds
to eligible low-power stations that must purchase a digital-to-analog
conversion device to convert the incoming digital signal
of a full-power television station to analog for transmission
on the low-power station's analog channel.
NTIA is planning for another program to upgrade analog
low-power stations to digital broadcasting. Even if a
station is not eligible for the Conversion program, it
may qualify for the future Upgrade program. Please see
the section "Planning for Digital Upgrade Program" below.
- A total of $8 million is available for grants to eligible
low-power television stations.
- Grants of $1,000 will be awarded to each eligible
Eligible Low-Power Stations
Any low-power television broadcast station, Class A television
station, television translator station, or television
booster station that meets the following three criteria:
- Is itself broadcasting exclusively in analog format;
- Has not purchased a digital-to-analog conversion device
prior to February 8, 2006; and
- Is re-transmitting the off-air digital signal of a
corresponding full-power digital t elevision station.
Priority compensation shall be given to eligible low-power
television stations in which either:
- The license is held by a corporation that has received
a determination of non-profit status under applicable
state or Federal law, including stations organized under
section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code,
26 U.S.C. 501 (c) excluding (c)(4); or
- The low-power television station serves a rural area
of fewer than 10,000 viewers. (NTIA will use the population
within the station's FCC 50/50 contours to determine
whether this criterion is met).
- Applications for funding will be accepted beginning
October 29, 2007 and must be postmarked by February
17, 2009. Applicants qualifying for and requesting priority
compensation must submit applications postmarked during
the three-month period between October 29, 2007 and
January 31, 2008.
- Applications forms are only available from the program's
website and must be prepared online. Once completed
electronically, applicants must PRINT THE FORMS, SIGN
EACH FORM INDIVIDUALLY and SEND TO NTIA.
- Instructions for completing the application form are
included in the online materials.
Register to Create an Account
- Before completing an application on-line, applicants
will need to register and create an account.
- Once applicants have an account, they will be able
to return at any time to prepare applications for several
- In order to register, applicants will need the following:
- FCC facility ID number for one of its low-power
- EIN number as assigned by the IRS (or the Social
Security Number is the licensee is an individual
without an EIN number)
- DUNS number: A free DUNS number can be obtained
- Calling 1-866-705-5711. This takes about 5-10
- Using the Internet,
This will take one business day.
- You will be asked for the program's CFDA number.
The CFDA number for this program is 11.554.
- No financial information is required to create an
account, but must be supplied when submitting the first
- All payments under the program will be by electronic-deposit
to the applicant's bank account.
- In order to set up electronic payment, a completed
ACH Payment form must be submitted with the first application
for funds. The ACH Payment form is included in the on-line
- In order to complete an ACH Payment form, applicants
will need the following:
- Name of the account where the funds will be deposited,
- Account number where the funds will be deposited,
- Bank routing number, and
- The name of the financial institution's ACH coordinator
- The ACH COORDINATOR MUST SIGN the ACH Payment form
prior to submission to NTIA.
Financial Assistance Terms and Conditions
Program Terms and Conditions
The following document identifies the applicable Department
of Commerce financial assistance terms and conditions
for the Low-Power Television and Translator Digital-to-Analog
Conversion Program administered by the National Telecommunications
and Information Administration (NTIA).
Planning for Digital Upgrade Program
In addition to the LPTV Digital-to-Analog Conversion program,
NTIA is also planning for the start of another grant program,
the Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program,
which will assist low-power stations to upgrade from analog
to digital broadcasting.
All stations, even if not eligible for this LPTV Digital-to-Analog
Conversion Program, are encouraged to complete an electronic
application form which requests information to assist
NTIA in planning for the Upgrade Program. Many of the
following stations not eligible for the Digital-to-Analog
Conversion Program may be eligible for the Upgrade Program:
- A low-power station that does not re-transmit the
digital signal of a corresponding full-power station,
- Stations receiving signals via satellite, or via a
"daisy chain" from another analog translator.
Prepare Digital-to-Analog Application
The below link will allow you to register for an account
and prepare an application:
Register and Create an Account