LPFM closer to seizing the airwaves


MicrophoneThe FCC has settled on CP winners from among a pool of 111 mutually exclusive applicants, setting the stage for a final round of public comment and followed by actual license grants.

According to the LPFM proponents in chief, the potential stations are scattered throughout the nation, with LPFM opportunities in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Petitions to Deny and Informal Objections on any of the decisions are due at the Commission by 10/8/14. Also opened is a 90-day window during which applicants can enter into voluntary timeshare agreements and major site-relocation amendments that might open opportunities for more stations.

Also being considered are 2nd-adjacent channel waiver requests.

Prometheus stated, “The ‘Tentative Selectee Public Notice’ launches the last round of bureaucratic wrangling before LPFM applicants can get their construction permits to start building their stations. In order to reach that point, some applicants will have to work with other applicant groups, submit detailed technical exhibits, and/or file legal pleadings to the FCC.”

It offered its assistance to any prospective licensees with further regulatory matters that need attention.

Prometheus’s final statement: “Go forth and seize the airwaves!”