In Docket 13-249, the FCC is making an effort to revitalize the AM broadcasting service through rule changes and the use of FM translator (repeater) stations by AM broadcasters. Changes already adopted include changes to AM daytime and nighttime community coverage standards, elimination of the AM "ratchet" rule, easier filing requirements for stations using Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) technology, and a relaxation of the minimum antenna efficiency standards (see the October 23, 2015 First Report and Order). Comments and supporting data are sought on additional proposals intended to benefit AM licensees, and we encourage participation in the discussion.
FM Translator Modification Windows for AM Licensees. The Commission will open two application filing windows for AM broadcasters seeking to relocate or modify an FM translator station. The first window period will open during the first quarter of 2016, while the second filing window will open immediately after. Eligibility may be limited for participation in each of these filing window periods. Please see the October 26, 2015 Public Notice for important details for filing and processing of FCC Form 349 construction permit applications.
FM Translator Auction Windows for AM Licensees. The Commission has also directed the Media Bureau, in conjunction with the Wireless Bureau, to open two new FM translator application auction windows, in 2017. These windows will only be open to AM stations that did not file applications in one of the two modification windows identified above.
Check this page for new developments in the AM revitalization effort.
Documents relating to the AM Revitalization Effort:
December 17, 2020
All-Digital Broadcasting Public Notice, Public Notice, DA 20-1497, released December 17, 2020. [ PDF | Word ]. Media Bureau Announces Federal Register Publication of Report and Order in All-Digital AM Broadcasting, Revitalization of the AM Radio Service Proceeding.
October 29, 2020
Prohibited Presentations in Revitalization of AM Radio Service, Public Notice, DA 20-1282, released October 29, 2020. [ PDF | Word ]. Notice of Prohibited Presentations in the Matter of Revitalization of the AM Radio Service.
October 28, 2020
Commission adopts a Report and Order authorizing AM radio stations to transition to an all-digital signal on a voluntary basis, Report and Order, FCC-20-154, released October 28, 2020. [ PDF | Word ]. Pai: [ PDF | Word ]. Rosenworcel: [ PDF | Word ].
November 20, 2018
Comment/Reply Comment Dates Set for AM Revitalization Second FNPRM, Public Notice, DA 18-1181, released November 20, 2018. [ PDF | Word ]. Announces publication of Second FNPRM Summary in Federal Register and comment/reply comment dates.
October 5, 2018
FCC Proposes Revised Interference Protection for Class A AM Stations, FNPRM, FCC-18-139, released October 5, 2018. [ PDF | Word ]. The Commission adopts a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes revised interference protection for Class A AM Stations.
May 25, 2018
Auction 99 (AM Revitalization/FM Translators) Winning Bidders, Public Notice, DA-18-541, released May 25, 2018. [ PDF | Word ]. Announces close of Auction 99, establishes deadlines for down payments, final payments and filing of Forms 349.
November 1, 2017
Media Bureau Announces FM Translator Filing Window for Long-Form Applications, Public Notice,
September 25, 2017
Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, Third Report and Order, MB Docket 13-249,
March 16, 2017
Media Bureau Announces Notice of Effective Date of Rule Change Adopted in Second Report and Order in Revitalization of the AM Radio Service Published in Federal Register; Effective Date of Modified Section 74.1201(g) of Commission's Rules Is April 10, 2017, Public Notice,
March 1, 2017
Media Bureau Procedures for Processing FM Translator Modification Applications, News Release, MB Docket 13-249,
February 24, 2017
Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, Second Report and Order, MB Docket 13-249,
March 30, 2016
AM Revitalization Spring Forward, Blog by William T. Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
December 23, 2015
Media Bureau Announces Filing Dates And Procedures For AM Station Filing Window For FM Translator Modifications And Availability of FM Translator Technical Tools, Public Notice, DA 15-1491, released December 23, 2015. [ PDF | Word ]. Announces filing dates for FM Translator modifications; provides information on filing procedures, translator technical tools, and FAQs.
October 23, 2015
Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry, MB Docket 13-249,
October 31, 2013
Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), MB Docket 13-249 ,