Points Add Up: Commission Ranks NCE FM Hopefuls

FCC picks tentative winners in 32 groups of mutually exclusive applications for construction permits
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You may recall that in the fall of 2007 there was a filing window for permits to build new or modified noncom educational FM stations.

The FCC now has announced tentative winners in 32 groups of mutually exclusive applications that resulted from that window.

It has published the results of its "point system analysis" and you can read the commission's spreadsheet, with the winners in bold along with other interesting notes.

Several organizations appear headed for multiple CPs. New Mexico Highlands University was the point winner for three slots in its state; Iglesia Jesucristo Es Mi Refugio (The Church of Jesus Christ Is My Refuge) is the lead contender for three licenses in Texas; and Hispanic Broadcast Systems was chosen for two in Puerto Rico.

But next comes a 30-day period for the filing of petitions to deny. This is where the other contenders can argue that they should have received a greater number of points in the FCC's calculations. The FCC staff then will do a final study before applications are officially granted or, in the case of unusual legal questions, referred to the commission or an administrative law judge.

Read the details of the selection process along with discussion of each of the 32 comparative groups here.

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