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FCC Grants 17 LPFMs

FCC Grants 17 LPFMs

The FCC has granted CPs for 17 more low-power FM stations.
The number of licensees totals 26 because some entities time-share the same frequencies. That’s the case, for example, with a Gainesville, Fla. frequency to be shared by Calvary Chapel of Gainesville, Civic Media Center and Library and Faith Presbyterian Church of Gainesville.
In several cases, several parties sought the same frequencies.
Other markets to get new LPFMs include Bloomington, Ill.; Johnstown, Pa.; Rochester, Minn.; Wilson, N.C.; Baton Rouge, La.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Nanticoke, Pa.; Billings, Mont.; Florida City, Fla.; La Crosse, Wis.; Greenfield, Mass.; Woodburn, Ore.; Feeding Hills, Mass.; Des Moines, Iowa and East Tampa, Fla. and The Villages, Fla.
Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein issued a statement saying, “To promote these local stations, we hope the commission would also move forward on its recent proceeding on low-power FM radio and consider opening a new filing window for the many noncommercial entities that want to offer new low power FM radio services wherever possible.”