2266 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
ENERGY AND COMMERCE
WASHINGTON, DC 20515
CHAIRMAN , COMMERCE, MANUFACTURING
117 17 BURT STREET, SUITE 106
COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
OMAHA, NE 68154
ENERGY AND POWER
Talk2Lee @ mail.house.gov
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June 5, 2014
Chairman Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St SW
Washington, DC 20536
Dear Chairman Wheeler,
I urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to come to a prompt resolution
on a Low-Power FM application for North Omaha, Nebraska, as well as "mutually exclusive"
applications across the country.
I authored the legislation that enabled several new LPFM
stations in Omaha and across the nation. I have recently learned that the application process has
slowed down significantly.
which has filed 245 applications for separate LPFM licenses-
presence or ties to the Omaha area, but is mutually exclusive with a constituent who has applied
for the same frequency. Now, I understand that fourteen of this party's applications have recently
been dismissed due to technicalities. However, because this applicant applied for the same
frequency as my constituent, it appears that the earliest the issue can be resolved is 2015.
Organizations are free to apply for LPFM licenses so long as they meet certain criteria.
But I believe that any applicant doing so for the purpose of extracting settlement fees or to delay
other applicants is subverting the intent of the Local Community Radio Act.
My colleagues and I did not write this law to give applicants the opportunity to arbitrage
a license. The law was written so that communities like North Omaha have a true local voice.
The people from this community deserve a fair shot at an LPFM station, and right now they're
experiencing delays to no fault of their own. I hope the FCC will do everything in its power to
resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
Thank you, as always, for your consideration.
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