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Released: April 12, 2012


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DA 12-582

Released: April 12, 2012

Media Bureau Announces Release of Updated Low Power FM Channel Finder Tool

The Media Bureau announces that its updated Low Power FM (LPFM) Channel Finder search
tool is now available to the public on the FCC’s website at:
The LPFM Channel Finder tool provides a simple means to tentatively identify available FM
channels at any location. To undertake a search a user enters NAD 27 latitude and longitude coordinates
of a potential transmitter site. Coordinates must be determined to the nearest second. The LPFM
Channel Finder incorporates changes required by the Local Community Radio Act of 2010,1 including the
elimination of LPFM third-adjacent channel spacing requirements. The Commission is currently
considering standards for waiving second-adjacent channel spacing requirements and a proposal to
exempt LPFM stations operating at less than 100 watts from intermediate frequency spacing
requirements.2 Commission action on these proposals could affect LPFM channel availability at many
locations. Searches can include or exclude either or both of these spacing requirements to help LPFM
applicants take into account these potential rule changes.
As explained in more detail on the web page, a successful search does not guarantee that
identified “available” channels will be technically acceptable at the time of application filing. The tool
also does not take into account many other factors that can limit radio station transmitter site location
For additional information about the LPFM Channel Finder search tool, contact James Bradshaw
or Jorden Brinn, Audio Division, Media Bureau, at (202) 418-2700.


1 Pub. L. No. 111-371, 124 Stat. 4072 (2011).
2 See Fifth Report and Order, Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Fourth Notice on
in MM Docket 99-25, FCC 12-28, released March 19, 2012.

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