Nightlight Station Total Increases To 118

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The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday night that that 118 stations had agreed to keep analog nightlight service going after Friday's hard date for ending regular analog service.

That's up from 99 earlier in the week, and after the National Association of Broadcasters said it was urging more stations to do so. FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein had begged more stations to participate.

The 118 stations represent 85 DMAs. They are only allowed to broadcast emergency and DTV transition information for up to 30 days past June 12. That means July 12 will be the hard date for the termination of those analog signals.

The FCC said the group now includes 46 stations that were not on the list, submitted for the May 26 deadline. The commission extended that to add more participants.

The FCC said stations could still join that list by notifying the commission via e-mail to nightlight@fcc.gov, or on the FCC's Web site.

The FCC also ook the opportunity to remind stations that if they run into an emergency situation that would prevent them from broadcasting a digital signal, they cannot continue in analog, except as a nightlight station.

Cable operators are not required to carry the nightlight signals, and stations, whose spectrum is being reclaimed for public safety or advanced wireless services that have won it at auction, cannot be nightlights

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