Dan Slentz, a Radio World contributor, is also an LPFM applicant and has been blogging about the experience.
Yesterday the FCC published all the
applicants for LPFM construction permits. This happened in near-record
time. Considering the more recent events of the government (namely the
shutdown), this was quite an achievement.
is a link to the FCC’s search form in the Consolidated Database System or CDBS. The form is easy to use.
The more criteria you enter, the longer the search. (Note, no need to hit refresh; a LOT of data is being searched and it does
take a few minutes). Naturally LPFM is the main item required
to search; I also went to my state to narrow it down, though there were
about 60 applications for Ohio so it took a few minutes.
This is good information for LPFM applicants because it can give you
a sense of how you stand in the application process. IF you’ve done your
homework and had solid engineering, plus you’ve followed the rules for
applying, AND you have no competing applications for your frequency in your
area, your prospects for a construction permit being granted just went from “fair”
With the Ohio
search, as an interesting note, I see that (to no huge surprise)
probably over half the applications were for major market areas; Cleveland,
Columbus and Cincy ranked highest. Also plenty of middle markets
like Akron and Canton and major-market suburbs. One other thing that
was noticeable (though not unexpected) was it appeared that many applications
were from religious organizations. A little surprisingly was seeing some
city governments had applied for LPFMs. This is certainly within the rules; I just
hadn’t expected to see any for some reason.
the quick link if you want to check out your application and where you might
stand with your LPFM.
Remember, there are no guarantees that you will get a CP
at this point, but this does indicate if you might be stand-alone for your CP or
who you might need to be negotiating with on making future modifications on
your application (or possibly sharing a frequency with).