Media Bureau Announces Comment Deadlines in Low Power FM - FM Translator Rule Making and Release of Spectrum Availability Program
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Released: August 1, 2011
Media Bureau Announces Comment Deadlines in Low Power FM - FM Translator Rule Makingand Release of Spectrum Availability Program
Published in Federal Register July 29, 2011
NPRM Comment Date: August 29, 2011
NPRM Reply Comment Date: September 12, 2011
Filing Deadlines.On July 12, 2011, the Commission adopted and released a Third Further
Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the Matter of Creation of a Low Power Radio Service; Amendment of
Service and Eligibility Rules for FM Broadcast Translator Stations.1 In the Third Further Notice, the
Commission seeks comment on how the recently enacted Local Community Radio Act ("LCRA")
will impact future low power FM ("LPFM") and translator station licensing. The item tentatively finds
that a previously adopted cap on translator applications is inconsistent with the LCRA's directives, and
tentatively concludes that a market-specific processing policy would most faithfully implement Section 5
of the LCRA. The item also considers whether the Commission should take additional steps to prevent
the trafficking of translator construction permits, and whether translators from Auction No. 83 should be
allowed to rebroadcast the signals of AM stations at night. The Commission set deadlines for filing
comments and reply comments at 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of the Third Further
Notice in the Federal Register.2
By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau ("Bureau") announces that the Third Further Notice was
published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2011.3 Comments must be submitted no later than August
29, 2011. Reply Comments must be submitted no later than September 12, 2011. Commenters should
follow the filing instructions provided in paragraph 39 of the Third Further Notice.4 The Third Further
Notice is also available on the Commission's website.5
LPFM Spectrum Availability Program.In response to requests for additional information, the
Bureau is making available the spectrum availability analysis program described in Appendix A to the
Third Further Notice, along with the coordinates the Commission used in preparing each market analysis.
The Commission used this program to investigate the extent to which 100-watt ("LP100") LPFM stations
could be located in over 150 radio markets throughout the United States. For each of a uniform array of
1 MB Docket No. 99-25; MM Docket No. 07-172; RM-11338, Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, FCC
11-105 (rel. July 12, 2011) ("Third Further Notice").
2 See Third Further Notice at 1.
3 Matter of Creation of A Low Power Radio Service; Amendment of Service and Eligibility Rules for FM Broadcast
Translator Stations, 76 Fed. Reg. 45491 (July 29, 2011).
4 Third Further Notice at 16-17, 39.
5 See http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db0714/FCC-11-105A1.doc (Word),
grid points, the program found FM frequencies for which LP100 stations could be located in conformance
with the proposed minimum distance separation requirements toward existing stations.
Interested parties may use the program to explore the potential availability of frequencies for LPFM
stations at locations throughout the United States. This version of the program identifies available
frequencies at each grid point (by latitude and longitude). The Bureau has made no attempt to assess the
availability or suitability of the studied locations. Several of the markets included in the FCC study are
located near large bodies of water. For most of these markets, the grid points located over water have
been identified and stored in data files provided with the source code. However, some markets, such as
Honolulu, HI, were analyzed manually to exclude points over water.
The following path provides access to the code, center-city coordinates for each market, and other related
Users should pay particular attention to the Readme.txt file in the zip file that describes the contents of the
For additional information on this proceeding, contact Peter Doyle, Tom Hutton or Kelly Donohue, Audio
Division, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2700. For further information regarding the LPFM spectrum
availability program, contact Jorden Brinn or Jim Bradshaw, Audio Division, Media Bureau at (202) 418-
2700. Press inquiries should be directed to Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165. TTY: (202) 418-7172 or (888)
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