So, while the language in SHVERA regarding distant digitals and an April 30, 2006 trigger date previously seemed like it wouldn't be worth it to me to pursue, it now looks like I need to understand this a bit better.
Keep in mind that my local broadcasters (all 4 networks!) are not even operating under STA at this point, so there is plain and simple no digital television signals going over the airwaves in my area.
TRIGGER EVENTS FOR USE OF TESTING- A subscriber shall not be eligible for a distant digital signal under clause (i)(III) pursuant to a test conducted under clause (vii) until--
(I) in the case of a subscriber whose household is located within the area predicted to be served (by the predictive model for analog signals under subsection ((3) of this section) by the signal of a local network station and who is seeking a distant digital signal of a station affiliated with the same network as that local network station--
(aa) April 30, 2006, if such local network station is within the top 100 television markets and--
(AA) has received a tentative digital television service channel designation that is the same as such station's current digital television service channel; or(bb) July 15, 2007, for any other local network stations, other than translator stations...
(BB) has been found by the Commission to have lost interference protection; or
There is also some language regarding the fact that my local broadcasters can (and probably will ) request a waiver to prohibit me from receiving such a test (the fact that I have to test when we all know that there are no digital signals AT ALL is humorous!) so that could render the entire discussion moot for me.
But, assuming they "forget" to do so by their deadline to do so (11/30/05), I am trying to figure out what section (AA) means. Yes, I am in DMA #90, so within the top 100. But what is a "tentative" channel designation?
This whole thing has been very annoying over the past several years, especially when I see "in HDTV where available" on all my favorite shows, and I get consistently denied for waivers by my local stations, yet they consistently have their extension requests approved by the FCC!