FCC Strives to Shorten Action Turnarounds

FCC Strives to Shorten Action Turnarounds
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The FCC says it's using money authorized by Congress to speed up service. It told lawmakers in its budget request the agency has cut the average time to complete a rulemaking, from circulating the paperwork to adoption, by 33% from 15 to 10 days. The processing time from adoption-to-release was reduced by 35%, from 31 to 20 days.
In 2005, 98% of the 1,325,130 actions were disposed of within the agency's processing goal, a 1% increase in comparison to 97% of 1,705,973 actions disposed of in FY 2004, it said.
Also in 2005, 95% of 556,113 applications were filed electronically or online, a 3% increase in comparison to FY 2004's 92% when 566,975 applications filed electronically or on-line.


The FCC's Action on IBOC

On May 31 the FCC issued a detailed discussion of digital radio for the United States and finalized a number of important rules covering IBOC implementation, rules that affect stations that have transitioned to HD Radio or plan to do so.

FCC Actions on New NonCom FMs

Calvary Chapel of Honolulu Inc. was granted in part petition to deny application of Maka‘ainana Broadcasting Co. for a new NCE FM station at Kane‘ohe, Hawaii. [PDF]Thomas Aquinas School’s petition was denied and the application of Board of Regents of the University of Nevada acting on behalf of Truckee Meadows