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[LAAMN-ANN] FCC Authorizes New Low-Power FM Service

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  • Peter Morgan
    http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) January 27, 2000 Low Power FM Radio Service FCC Authorizes New LPFM Service FACT SHEET
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2000
      http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/

      Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

      January 27, 2000

      Low Power FM Radio Service

      FCC Authorizes New LPFM Service

      FACT SHEET

      - On January 20, 2000, the FCC adopted rules creating a new,
      low power FM radio (LPFM) service.

      - The new LPFM service will consist of two classes of LPFM
      radio stations with maximum power levels of 10 watts and
      100 watts. The 10 watt stations would reach an area with a
      radius of between one and two miles, the 100 watt stations
      would reach an area with a radius of approximately three and
      a half miles.

      - These LPFM stations would operate throughout the FM band.
      The stations will be required to protect existing stations
      on the same (co-channel) channel, the next (first adjacent
      channel) channel, and the channel two channels away (second
      adjacent channel). In a change from general practice, the
      new stations will not be required to protect stations three
      channels away (third adjacent channel). For example, under
      rules applicable to existing full power stations where there
      is a station on 93.5, there is currently no station in the
      same geographic area on 93.7 (the first adjacent channel),
      93.9 (the second adjacent channel) or 94.1 (the third
      adjacent channel). This new spacing criteria would allow
      a new, LPFM station to be licensed on the third adjacent
      channel, or 94.1.

      - FCC engineers have conducted extensive testing of
      these protection standards and found that under these
      new standards, every radio tested exceeded FCC interference
      criteria. FCC engineers have concluded that these protection
      standards will not produce unacceptable levels of
      interference with existing FM stations.

      - The new LPFM service will be exclusively noncommercial,
      there will be no commercial LPFM stations. In addition,
      current broadcast licensees or parties with interests in
      other media cable or newspapers - will not be eligible for
      LPFM stations.

      - LPFM stations will be licensed exclusively to local
      entities for the first two years of license availability.
      Later, however, non-local entities will be eligible for
      licenses. Each licensee may own only one station in any
      given community, however, eventually a licensee may own
      up to ten stations nationwide.

      - Licensees will be subject to the same character
      qualifications as are currently applied to full power
      licensees. Unauthorized broadcasters will be disqualified
      unless they certify that they ceased operations when
      notified of their violation of FCC rules or by February
      26, 1999.

      - If mutually exclusive applications are received for
      LPFM stations in a given city, mutual exclusivity will be
      resolved through the award of points for established local
      presence, proposed hours of service, or locally originated
      programming. The point system would encourage mutually
      exclusive applicants to share their stations with other
      applicants.

      - APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE. The Commission
      is likely to begin accepting applications in a few months.
      The Commission will provide 30 days public notice before
      accepting any applications. Application forms and information
      on how to file applications for low power radio stations will
      be posted on this website <http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd.lpfm>
      and will be available by phone from the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC.

      Frequently Asked Questions About Low Power FM Radio
      <http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/lpfmfaq.html>

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