Congress Modifies LPFM Allocation Rules
In December, Congress passed the "Local Community Radio Act" (H.R. 6533). The new law does the following with respect to low-power FM allocation standards:
While the Local Community Radio Act has now been passed, the new law will not be implemented until the FCC completes the necessary steps to turn the legislative language into new rules. That process will likely be subsumed within the long-pending LPFM rule making proceeding that includes the proposed Cap of 10 on 2003 translator applications. No matter what procedural avenue the FCC uses to implement the Act, more delay can be expected if the agency decides to seek public comment on the rules needed to implement the new law.
The radio station license renewal cycle begins again in 2011, with the first batch of renewals due on June 1, 2011, for stations in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Stations in those states must begin their pre-filing renewal announcements on April 1, 2011.
For noncommercial radio stations in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming their biennial ownership report deadline is April 1.
April 1 is the deadline for radio stations licensed in the following locations to place their Annual EEO Reports in their public files and on their websites: Arizona, D.C., Idaho, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Martin is a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, Arlington, VA. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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