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Released: October 7, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

DA 11-1689

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Amendment of Section 73.202(b),
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FM Table of Allotments,
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FM Broadcast Stations.
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(Various Locations)
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ORDER

Adopted: October 6, 2011


Released: October 7, 2011

By the Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau:
1. This Order updates the FM Table of Allotments ("FM Table")1 to reinstate certain vacant FM
allotments. The attached Appendix shows the FM Table, as amended, for those communities.
2. Formerly, the FM Table listed all vacant FM allotments as well as FM channels and
communities occupied by authorized facilities.2 In 2006, the Commission removed the allotments of
authorized and awarded FM facilities from the FM Table in order to accommodate the new application
procedures for radio stations to change their communities of license.3
As contemplated by the Changes
of Community R&O, when an authorization is cancelled, the vacant allotment must be reinstated in the
FM Table to preserve the opportunity to license a future station in the specified community.4 The
allotments listed in the attached Appendix were removed as part of the Changes of Community R&O, but
they are currently vacant. We are, therefore, reinstating the allotments set forth in the Appendix. 5 On a
going-forward basis, we will periodically issue Orders to update the FM Table reinstating allotments that
have become vacant due to the cancellation of their associated authorizations.


1 47 C.F.R. 73.202(b).
2 See Revision of Procedures Governing Amendments to FM Table of Allotments and Changes of Community of
License in the Radio Broadcast Services,
Report and Order, 21 FCC Rcd 14212, 14221, 15 (2006), recon. pending
("Changes of Community R&O").
3 Id.
4 See id. (stating that FM Table is "to reflect only vacant allotments that do not correspond to an authorized station
or reserved assignment").
5 Staff engineering analysis reveals that all of the vacant allotments listed in the Appendix meet the minimum
distance separation requirements of 47 C.F.R. 73.207. However, six of the vacant allotments warrant additional
explanation. To prevent short-spacings, we adopted new site restrictions for vacant Channels 257A at Pine Bluff,
Arkansas, 263A at Malin, Oregon, and 237A at Drew, Mississippi. Additionally, vacant Channels 264A at Sanborn,
Iowa, 237A at Drew, Mississippi, 289C2 at Alva, Oklahoma, and 288C3 at Santa Anna, Texas, are considered fully
spaced allotments notwithstanding the subsequent grant of authorizations to several stations that are providing
contour protection to these allotments under Section 73.215 of the Commission's Rules.

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3. The vacant FM allotments listed in the Appendix have previously undergone notice and
comment rule making. Reinstatement of the vacant allotments is merely a ministerial action to effectuate
licensing procedures adopted in the Changes of Community R&O. Therefore, we find for good cause that
further notice and comment are unnecessary.6
4. The Commission will not send a copy of this Order pursuant to the Congressional Review
Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A), because these allotments were previously reported.
5.

Ordering Clauses.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, That upon publication in the Federal
Register, the FM Table of Allotments, 47 C.F.R. Section 73.202(b), IS AMENDED, in accordance with
the changes set forth in the Appendix to this Order.
6. For further information regarding a proceeding listed above, contact Rolanda F. Smith or
Andrew J. Rhodes, (202) 418-2700.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Nazifa Sawez
Assistant Chief
Audio Division
Media Bureau
Appendix


6 See 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).
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APPENDIX

Community
Channel Deleted
Channel Added
Port Lions, Alaska
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221C0
Lake Village, Arkansas
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278C3
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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257A, 267C3
Willows, California
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292A
Sanborn, Iowa
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264A
Culver, Indiana
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252A
Phillipsburg, Kansas
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237A
Bunker, Missouri
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292C3
Deerfield, Missouri
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264C3
Cleveland, Mississippi
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225C2
Drew, Mississippi
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237A
Mound Bayou, Mississippi
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270A
Vardaman, Mississippi
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258A
Alberton, Montana
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288C3
Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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250C1
Tularosa, New Mexico
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274C3
Medina, North Dakota
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222C
Sarles, North Dakota
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290C1
Alva, Oklahoma
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289C2
Altamont, Oregon
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249C1
Malin, Oregon
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263A
Mission, South Dakota
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264A
Murdo, South Dakota
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283A
Byrdstown, Tennessee
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255A
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Cisco, Texas
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261C3
Giddings, Texas
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240A
Santa Anna, Texas
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288C3
Seymour, Texas
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222C2
Shamrock, Texas
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225C2
Byron, Wyoming
281C
221C7


7 In reinstating Channel 221C at Byron, Wyoming, we also correct the channel number for this allotment.
Commission records reveal that, although Channel 221C had been allotted at Byron, Channel 281C was mistakenly
added to the FM Table instead of Channel 221C. See Park City, Montana, Report and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 2093
(MB 2004).
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