Doyle: Clarity Soon for Pending FM Applicants
translator/LPFM issue is getting a lot of attention here in Las Vegas.
The FCC’s Media
Bureau intends to issue a notice next week that should shine a light on how the
commission determined how many FM translators and LPFMs can be in markets that
that are “spectrum-challenged,” as well as those areas that have enough
spectrum for both services.
That’s what Media
Bureau Chief Peter Doyle told attorneys attending a late afternoon session on
will have access to software and other information so they can identify potential
channel combinations in those markets, he told Radio World afterwards.
Doyle referred to
6,500 pending FM translator applications. The idea is to give “everyone clarity
so they can figure out which ones to focus on,” he told Radio World.
indicated with its March notices on LPFMs and FM translators that many
translator applications in spectrum-squeezed markets would be dismissed in
order to create opportunities to license new LPFMs. Melodie Virtue of Garvey
Schubert Barer said during a morning regulatory session that of the 6,500
pending FM translator applications, about 1,000 would be eligible for grant and
the others would be dismissed according to the agency’s new processing
The commission has
also capped at 50 the number of translator applications it will process for one
licensee nationally, and imposed a market-based cap of one application per
applicant for some 156 markets. The FCC will issue a public notice announcing a
deadline by which applicants must select which FM translator applications
they’d want to have processed that fit within the caps.
In other FCC news,
Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake said during a Tuesday morning session the
commission is eager to get on with the media ownership proceeding and not drag
it out until after the election. NAB filed
reply comments on the issue Tuesday.