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FCC Examines New LPFM Window

In a public meeting this week, FCC Commissioners were updated on the upcoming October window for non-profit educational organizations to file for new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations.

FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn excitedly anticipated that this window will “spur an increase in the origination of local programming content-- the gold standard for broadcasting” and it “will make FM frequencies available for the first time to nonprofit groups in most major metropolitan areas.”

Commissioner Ajit Pai noted that he is “optimistic that we will have a successful LPFM filing window that will enhance diversity and localism on the FM band” and he encouraged broad participation by community organizations. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel added, “I hope our applicants show us in force how low power FM can become a more vibrant part of community broadcasting, a source of new content, a driver of new music, a platform for unique local news. We can add real diversity to the FM dial. We can make that voice that rises in the air even more local and more interesting. I, for one, can't wait.”

The LPFM application window will be open October 15-29.

  • Learn more about this window from the FCC.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: September 27, 2013

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