At this morning’s keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the first new filing window for new FM translators for AM stations will be this summer.
The window will be for Class C & D AMs that did not acquire a translator for a station in the two 250 mile move filing windows that took place in 2016. A second window for Class A & B AMs will follow at a later date. Should multiple stations file for the same frequency in a market and not resolve the mutually exclusive conflict, they will bid against one another in an auction. Pai states that the IT work necessary to handle the new filing windows are being done now at the FCC.
Also in his keynote, Pai announced plans to propose a comprehensive review of all FCC media regulations at the commission’s May open meeting. He states that the review would “explore whether certain rules should be modified to provide regulatory relief to small businesses”. Among the rules that Pai zeroed in on is the elimination of the main studio requirement for a licensee to maintain a studio in or near its community of license which will also be voted on in May.