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FCC Updates FM Allotments

Thirty cancelled allotments are reinstated for potential new stations

The FCC has updated its FM table of allotments, reinstating 30 slots for potential new stations.

The 30 allotments (PDF) had been authorized earlier but were cancelled in 2006 to accommodate new application procedures for radio stations that wanted to change their communities of license.

The total of 30 slots in 17 states are vacant, and the FCC is restoring them to the FM table “to preserve the opportunity to license a future station” in those communities. The FCC says its staff engineering analysis shows that the vacant slots meet the minimum distance separation requirements.

The commission says it plans to periodically reinstate allotments that have become vacant because of cancelled authorizations and update the FM table.