by Matthew Lasar
March 12, 2013
I am continuing to peruse the Federal Communication Commission’s latest regulations for Low Power FM stations. The FCC promises an application window around October. Some of the rules make obvious sense. Others strike me as pretty gnarly, the gnarliest among them the provisions for voluntary and involuntary time sharing of LPFM stations. I wonder how well they will work.
Here is background: applicants will compete for 100 watt LPFM licenses when the window opens. In some metropolitan areas, they will be competing for as few as two under optimal circumstances, or perhaps just one. It should be noted that more licenses would become available if the FCC opened up the service to 50 and 10 watt ["LP-50" and "LP-10"] stations, as requested by various petitioners, including “Let the Cities In,” Media Alliance, and Common Frequency.