Opening of LPFM Window a Step Closer

The FCC has taken another step towards ensuring the agency opens an application window this fall for those who want to apply for a low-power FM.

The commission has released the necessary forms and filing procedures for both a new LPFM and those who want to apply for a major change to an existing LPFM. Unlike 10 years ago, this time all the applications must be filed electronically.

The filing window opens Oct. 15 and closes Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Applications filed must protect all FM, FM translator, FM booster and TV Channel 6 authorizations as well as existing vacant FM allotments.

The agency has revised FCC Form 318, Application for Construction Permit for a Low Power FM Broadcast Station. Previous versions are obsolete.

The commission is urging those who want to file for a new LPFM to start preparing their paperwork now.

In her first major decision that affects radio, FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said local groups across the country will have “a unique opportunity” in October to apply for a license to provide LPFM radio broadcast services to their communities. Clyburn hopes potential licensees “will galvanize in the next four months” to prepare.

The action is the result of congressional passage of the Local Community Radio Act. We’ve reported the commission has been making several decisions to clear out the backlog of thousands of pending FM translator applications to prepare for the opening of the LPFM window this fall.


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