Television and Translator Digital Upgrade Program
About the Upgrade Program
On 05/12/2009 NTIA announced the start of the Low Power TV and Translator Upgrade
grant program to help operators of analog low-power television stations (low power television broadcast stations,
Class A television stations, television translator stations, and television booster stations) to upgrade their
analog facilities to digital broadcast capacity.
As announced in the Federal Register, this grant
program will reimburse licensees of eligible low-power television stations for equipment to upgrade their
low-power television stations from analog to digital in eligible rural communities.
- A total of $44 million is available for reimbursements to eligible low-power television stations.
- Eligible stations may apply for a reimbursement for up to $6,000 for the digital modification of an
existing analog low-power television facility or up to $20,000 for the replacement of analog
equipment with eligible digital equipment of an existing analog low-power television facility.
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 criteria is eligible to apply for reimbursement:
- that had an analog television authorization or permit on February 8, 2006 and has operated
in analog, and
- that has converted from analog to digital operations, but not before February 8, 2006, the
date of enactment of the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005.
Priority compensation shall be given to eligible low-power television stations that meet either of
- The license is held by a non-profit 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); 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 protected contour to determine whether
this criterion is met).
- Applications for funding will be accepted beginning 05/12/2009 and due 07/13/2009.
This first application period is only for stations eligible for priority reimbursement. Following the
first application period for stations eligible for priority reimbursement, each subsequent application
period will recur on a monthly basis. For each monthly application period, applications will be due from
any eligible station by the first business day of each month. Applications will be accepted each month
thereafter as long as funds are available.
- Applications forms are only available from the program's website and must be prepared
on-line. Once completed electronically, applicants must PRINT THE FORMS, SIGN EACH FORM WHERE REQUIRED,
INCLUDE ANY REQUIRED ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION (required documentation may vary per application) and SEND
- Instructions for completing the application form are included in the on-line materials.
Before completing your application for reimbursement, please review the
Upgrade Program Quick Start Instructions found on the sign-in page for the
for LPTV and Translator Upgrade Program Funds. These instructions serve as a guide to completing
an application and what information is required to be included with your application.
Low-Power Television and Translator Digital-to-Analog Conversion Program
In addition to the Low-Power Television and Translator
Digital Upgrade Program, NTIA also administers the
Low-Power Television and Translator Digital-to-Analog Conversion Program. This program provides grants of
$1,000 to 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 now accepting grant applications postmarked by June 12, 2009. The program will not accept
applications postmarked after June 12, 2009.
If a station is not ready to implement an Upgrade of its analog facility it may want to consider an application
to the Low Power TV and Translator Conversion Program as an interim step in its effort to convert to digital.
Please see http://www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv/Conversion.html