On or before October 1, 2017, each full-power commercial television station must make an election between must carry and retransmission consent. In addition, although noncommercial television stations do not have retransmission consent rights, they must send carriage notices to DBS (and other satellite operators) on or before October 1, 2017 in order to obtain (or maintain) carriage on the satellite operator’s system. The up-coming election covers the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Commercial stations that fail to send an election notice to cable operators will default to must-carry status. Stations that fail to send an election notice to DBS operators will default to retransmission consent status (DBS operators are not required to carry a station if it fails to make an election, though they must engage in good-faith negotiations for carriage). There is no required language for election notices sent to cable operators. Notices to DBS operators must include: (a) the station’s call sign; (b) the name of an appropriate contact person at the station; (c) the station’s address for purposes of receiving official correspondence; (d) the station’s community of license; (e) the station’s DMA assignment; and (f) a statement indicating whether the station is electing must-carry or retransmission consent. Copies of notices must be uploaded to stations’ online public files by October 1, 2017 and must remain in the public file until the end of the next election cycle.