FCC Eases Paperwork for Stations Affected by Hurricane Wilma

FCC Eases Paperwork for Stations Affected by Hurricane Wilma
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As it did with Katrina and Rita, the FCC has removed roadblocks so that broadcasters can continue to operate and restore communications as needed in areas impacted by Hurricane Wilma.
The agency will provide additional assistance to get stations back on the air quickly such as expedited processing for requests for STAs.
FMs and TV stations may erect temporary antennas without prior FCC notification. AMs can use a horizontal or vertical wire or a non-directional vertical element of a directional antenna as an emergency antenna. AMs can use their daytime power levels at night to air emergency information.
For stations that go off the air, the agency will accept requests to remain silent within 60 days after operations end. CP deadlines will be eased; after applying, a permittee of a station within a Federal Disaster Area can get an extra 90 days to complete construction.

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