Another set of mutually exclusive LPFM applications have been reviewed and tentative point system winners (or applicants headed for shared time arrangements where they remained tied after the FCC’s “point system” analysis) have been determined by the FCC. These determinations involve 111 mutually exclusive groups of LPFM applicants, mostly east of the Mississippi. We wrote two months ago about a group of Western applications that had already been considered by the FCC. The issuance of this notice gives broadcasters 30 days to file any objections to these proposed new stations. In addition, applicants can raise issues against each other. All objections are due on October 6.
The notice also sets a 90 day window for LPFM applicants whose applications were under consideration in this notice to file applications to make changes in their applications – including major changes to new frequencies or different transmitter sites. So applicants who were not the tentative winners in the FCC’s consideration of the mutually exclusive groups have another shot to get the rights to construct a station, if they can find an open frequency in the next 90 days. And broadcasters need to watch these amendments, as they could pose interference issues on entirely new channels not previously proposed for use by any LPFM applicant. Continue Reading