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FCC Proposes Changes to Rural Radio Allocation Rules

NPRM has been adopted, details yet to come out

Taken off the agenda for this week’s FCC’s meeting was an item on rural radio service.

A spokesman told me the commission is concerned that its auction rules allow too many frequencies to leave rural areas in favor of larger markets. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes technical and procedural changes for allocation and assignment of AM and FM commercial and FM non-com frequencies.

The commissioners have adopted the NPRM, but the details of the item aren’t yet out; both Acting Chairman Copps and an agency spokesman said it would be released “shortly.”