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N.J. Public Broadcasting Gets Its North Jersey Noncom

FCC confirms the license over objections from World Revivals Inc.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted the application of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority for a new noncom educational FM at 88.9 MHz in populous northern New Jersey, while saying no to another organization that sought one in another nearby town.

This was a case involving a group of mutually exclusive applications. World Revivals Inc. had wanted a station in Chatham, but NJPBA was named the tentative winner for a station in Bernardsville in 2005. WRI then petitioned the FCC to reconsider, saying NJPBA did not have permission to use the proposed transmitter site atop a Basking Ridge water tower and that local policies would prevent it from obtaining such permission.

The FCC decided otherwise and now has handed a victory to New Jersey Public Broadcasting.

It’s a case involving “reasonable assurance of a transmitter site,” what kind of availability an applicant requires and when. Read the case history here.