FCC Applications 7/25: Cracking Down On Temporary Facilities

The FCC appears to be cracking down on stations that build out facilities to beat CP deadlines and then swiftly go silent. CommLawBlog reports that all full-powered licenses granted since July 2 now include this clause: Grant of this license application is conditioned on continuous operations of the licensed facility for the twelve-month period following grant. Failure to do so will result in the rescission of this grant, dismissal of the license application and the forfeiture of the associated construction permit pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 73.3598(c) unless licensee rebuts presumption that authorized facilities were temporarily constructed. The spirit of the move is to prevent licensees to build out a temporary facility and then go silent to extend the three years given to get a new signal on the air. An example where this new condition was granted is Able Media’s 99.7 KAFZ Ash Fork, AZ. KAFZ was originally granted a CP in June 2012 for a Class C2 signal. With the CP set to expire, the station applied last month to downgrade to a Class A with 100 watts at -46 meters. After getting that built and applying for the license to cover with the new clause, KAFZ reapplied for the facilities it was originally granted in 2012 and now has a new CP expiration date of 7/17/2018. In the past that would have meant KAFZ would apply for a Silent STA while building the C2 facilities to rimshot the Flagstaff market, however the new ruling will require the station to remain on the air for a year otherwise it will have its license rescinded….

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.