FCC Sets Rules For LPFM Expansion
The new rules allow the establishment of LPFM’s within third adjacent frequencies of full powered stations. Some waivers will be allowed for second adjacent LPFM’s under certain criteria. A channel finder is already available on the FCC website.
While we await the full specifics we do know that the FCC will award more points towards license grantings to stations that promise at least eight hours of of locally produced programming a day and those with a publicly available, staffed studio in the local neighborhood the station is operating in.
A cap on the pending translator applications will be set at 70 per licensee, with 50 of those in the top 150 markets. Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who helped pen the Local Community Radio Act has written a column about the expansion of LPFM services at The Huffington Post.