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FCC Sets Comment Deadlines on NCE FM Cap

Commission intends to cap the applications at 10 for any applicant

If you want to tell the Federal Communications Commission what you think about its planned limit on applications in the upcoming window for new NCE FM stations, take note: The commission has now published the deadlines for comments.

In October, the FCC said it is seeking comment on its proposed limit for applications in the window that’s expected to open next year. The commission intends to cap the applications at 10 for any applicant, and that no party should have an attributable interest in more than 10 applications. [Read: “FCC Plans to Cap New NCE FM Applications.”]

Now the Media Bureau has set the deadline for comments at Nov. 20, and reply comments by Nov. 30.

Comments are being accepted in MB Docket No. 20-343. Comments may be filed via the commission’s ECFS website.

As we’ve reported, more than a decade has passed since the FCC accepted applications for new full-power NCE construction permits.

The window will allow non-profit organizations, schools and native tribes to apply for original CPs in the NCE reserved band, which is 88.1–91.9 MHz on the FM dial. Individuals cannot apply for NCEs. A separate window for additional new LPFMs is expected to follow.