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FCC Sets Deadline for Geotargeting Comments

It invites feedback about its further plans for allowing local origination on boosters

If you have strong opinions about how the FCC will handle the rules allowing limited geotargeting of FM broadcast signals, you should file them with the commission by May 16.

That’s the deadline for comments in the further notice of proposed rulemaking that the commission recently released.

The FCC gave unanimous approval to the concept of allowing FM stations in the United States to originate programming on boosters for a limited amount of time every hour, something boosters currently are not allowed to do.

The order limits the origination to three minutes per hour and requires boosters to handle emergency alerts in the same manner as their primary station.

Until final rules can be put in place, the FCC will allow existing booster stations to originate programming under one-year, renewable experimental authorizations.

Comments on the issues raised in the FNPRM are due May 16. Reply comments are due June 17.

You can read the recent order and FNPRM here. File comments using the FCC’s online system. In the Proceedings field refer to MB Docket Nos. 20-401 and 17-105.