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Rural Radio on Tap at FCC?

Commission may talk about availability of stations in those regions at April meeting

It’s possible that two radio-related items may be on the agenda for the April 8 open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission.

In a notice, the FCC said Acting Chairman Michael Copps has circulated several items with his two fellow commissions for a possible vote.

One concerns a Report and Order and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on improving data collection on minority and female broadcast ownership. The point is to better assess minority station ownership.

The other item is a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on policies to promote rural radio service and to streamline auction, allotment and assignment policies. This new item generally focuses on reviewing how AM/FM frequencies are assigned and ensuring availability of stations in rural communities, according to a commission spokesman.

A week before the meeting it will be clear which items will actually be on the agenda.