Media Bureau Releases LPFM Spectrum Availability Program
We reported the FCC intended to release data to help engineering
consultants help their clients get a handle on which FM translator applications
to focus on pursuing that are still pending from the Auction 83 window.
In its new processing guidelines, the agency has imposed a national cap
of 50 translator applications and a market-based limit of one application per
entity for some 156 markets.
The commission has now released the spectrum availability analysis program and data files it used in
its analysis of LPFM spectrum availability in 156 radio markets. A description
of the Media Bureau’s methodology and the summary results of its analysis
appear in Appendices A and B of its recent Fourth Report and Order on LPFM.
relied on this same methodology to craft new processing rules for FM translator
applications that remain pending from the 2003 Auction 83 window. These include
the requirement to protect identified LPFM channel/point combinations within
the pertinent market grid to avoid application dismissal.
“To minimize burdens
on applicants and facilitate the efficient processing of translator
applications and amendments, protected channel/point combinations shall consist
of all but only those combinations identified by this program and the CDBS
records used to generate the final versions of Appendices A and B” shortly
before the 4th R&O is adopted, noted the agency.
The program that the
FCC used for its LPFM analysis can be downloaded here. It provides access to the code, center-city
coordinates for each market and other related files.
Users should pay
particular attention to the Readme.txt file in the zip file that describes the
contents of the package, notes the agency.