D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC Reinstatement of UHF Discount

The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today dismissed challenges to the FCC’s April 2017 decision to reinstate the UHF Discount. That discount allows broadcast television station owners to count only 50 percent of households served by UHF stations when calculating a station’s compliance with the FCC’s national ownership cap, which limits the number of households that any one station owner may reach. The discount is critical to certain large ownership groups’ compliance with the national cap and their opportunities for further expansion. In 2016, under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Commission eliminated the cap based largely on the fact that the original technical reasons for the discount (i.e., the technical disadvantages of analog UHF stations compared to VHF stations) had disappeared with the transition to digital television broadcasting, where most operators find UHF frequencies to be superior. When current Chairman Ajit Pai took…

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