On the heels of the just released AM revitalization order, the FCC has decided to step up its outreach efforts in multiple ways, including a tool to help stations locate eligible FM translators.
The commission put out a Public Notice that includes a simplified list of the rule and policy changes in its AM Radio Revitalization Order, highlighting key changes, particularly in regard to the addition of translator filing windows.
For questions, the commission set up a dedicated email address for inquiries from prospective applicants about the window process, and plans an AM revitalization Web page with information for prospective applicants. The commission also published a list of staffers who can answer detailed questions and is developing a tool that can be used to locate eligible translator stations.
Over the long haul, the Media Bureau plans to initiate a three-month outreach effort to ensure that Class C and D licensees are well informed on the modification window filing process. Class C and D licensees in particular should ensure they have a valid email address on file in the FCC Consolidated Database System as that will be the means of contact from the commission.
Licensees with CDBS account IDs and passwords should log in and make sure their account is up to date via the Account Maintenance button, or can consult the CDBS user guide for questions about filing the necessary forms.
In the notice, the FCC released specific information on the timing of the opening of the FM translator modification application windows, including who is eligible to apply during these windows. The public notice also touches on construction requirements and operational requirements, and lays out a set of standards for those interested in submitting an application.
Make note, the FCC said: Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that earlier filed window applications will have cut-off protection in regard to any subsequently filed window application.
Details on the complete list of rules in the public notice can be found here (PDF).