WASHINGTON � The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has called for a formal end to the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, Bob Winteringham writes on CommLawBlog.
The PTFP was a competitive grant program that helped public broadcasting entities, state and local governments, Native American Tribes and nonprofits to build public radio and TV stations.
However, Congress has not funded it for about six years, and so the NTIA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to repeal its regulations establishing and governing the PTFP, which says are now obsolete. The NTIA argues that the regulations may could cause confusion and lead people to believe the program is still active.�
The administration has not processed applications or awarded grants under the PTFP since funding ceased, although it continued to monitor PTFP grants awarded prior to 2011. That means �if a similar program is ever re-established, new regulations would have to be formally adopted for its implementation and operations.�
Comments in response to the NPRM are due by 5 p.m. (EST) on Aug. 17.