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Tipton Urges FCC to Expedite Decision that Could Bring Colorado TV to Four Corners Region

March 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to expedite its decision on the Application for Review that was filed by several Albuquerque broadcasters after La Plata County’s local market modification was granted in March 2017.

In part, Tipton’s letter reads, “… for decades the FCC and Congress have been examining local television Designated Market Areas and the “orphan counties” that exist within them. These orphan counties are assigned to a television market in one state and their residents live in another state. Coloradans in two orphan counties, LaPlata and Montezuma, have long been trying to access their in-state news, weather, and sports.”

In 2016, the La Plata County Board of Commissioners requested a local market modification which would allow the four Denver-based television channels to be broadcasted in the four-corners region, where currently only Albuquerque stations are available. The market modification was granted in March 2017, but shortly following the decision, several Albuquerque broadcasters challenged the decision with an Application for Review. The decision on the Application for Review, which will ultimately determine the future of Colorado TV in La Plata County, has been pending for nearly two years.

Tipton’s full letter is available here.