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Commercial AM and FM Auction Ends

August 13, 2021 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

Auction 109 has ended.
Auction 109 included 139 new stations.  However, only 97 of the channels were sold.
The two channels with the highest bids are a channel near Sacramento and a channel near Dallas.
More information is available from the FCC here:

Is Zonecasting Coming to FM Boosters?

January 11, 2021 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

Today the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that may permit zonecasting by FM booster stations was published in the Federal Register.
Comments are due by February 10, 2021. Reply comments are due on or before March 12, 2021.
More information is available here:

Radio Program Nonduplication Rules End Today

October 22, 2020 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

The FCC order repealing the nonduplication rule was published in the Federal Register today.
That rule prohibited same-service radio stations serving the same area from substantially duplicating their programming.
The FCC voted in August to abolish that rule.
This item appears in the Federal Register here:

FCC Extends Low Power FM Filing Window

October 18, 2013 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

On Friday, October 18th, the Media Bureau announced that the deadline for filing Form 318 applications for new low power FM (LPFM) stations will be extended from October 29, 2013 until November 14, 2013, 6:00 p.m. EST.
The LPFM window is currently open and completed Form 318 applications may now be submitted.  The Bureau recognized that [...]

LPFM Window Opens October 15, 2013

June 18, 2013 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

On June 17, 2013, the FCC formally announced the dates for the next LPFM filing window.   The window will open on October 15, 2013, and close at 6:00 pm EDT on October 29, 2013.  The Commission must receive electronically filed applications no later than 6:00 PM EDT on October 29, 2013.
Why should you retain the [...]

Settlement Period Opens for 2003 MX Translator Applications

May 21, 2013 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

On May 21, 2013, the Media Bureau announced a two-month period ending July 22 , 2013 for Auction 83 applicants with proposals that are mutually exclusive with other proposals.  Applicants may enter into settlement agreements or resolve the mutual exclusivities by means of engineering solutions.
More information is available here:

FCC Finalizes New LPFM and FM Translator Rules

December 5, 2012 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

On December 4, 2012, the FCC issued the Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order.
The Fifth Order on Reconsideration affirms with slight modifications and clarifications the comprehensive plan for licensing FM translators and LPFM stations adopted in the Fourth Report and Order.
The Sixth Report and Order makes a number of changes to promote [...]

Allotment and Assignment Rules and Procedures Modified

October 13, 2012 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

On October 12, 2012, the FCC issued and Order that clarifies certain aspects of the new policies for evaluating mutually exclusive proposals for radio service, as well as for considering applications to change a station’s community of license, under Section 307(b) of the Communications Act.
More information is posted here:

New Tribal Priority Process Takes Effect July 2, 2012

March 31, 2012 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

In January, the FCC released the Third Report and Order (3rd R&O) in the Rural Radio proceeding. That decision created a short-cut available to Native American Tribes seeking new commercial FM stations primarily serving Tribal Lands.
The revised versions of Section 73.3573 and Form 301 adopted in the 3rd R&O have received OMB’s seal of Paperwork Reduction [...]

New LPFM and FM Translator Rules Released

March 20, 2012 by admin  
Filed under FCC News

On March 19, 2012 the FCC released an Order that modifies rules to implement certain provisions of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.  The new rules eliminate its third-adjacent LPFM channel spacing requirements and to maintain the spacing requirements currently in place to protect radio reading services.
The Commission is also seeking comment on proposed [...]

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