The last-minute postponement of FM Auction 62 has chilled the enthusiasm of many would-be bidders.
XM now has applied for FCC consent to acquire terrestrial WCS frequencies, but there are those who strongly oppose the idea.
Auction No. 62 is being adapted to resemble a wireless auction in that 100 percent engagement will not be required in each round.
If the FCC adopts these proposals, abuses of the system would be curtailed and the process of changing a city of license (for AM or FM stations) would be significantly simplified and improved.
As expected, now the Commission has put local market rules into place, they are immediately put to the test by license applicants. Despite this, the FCC maintains that the Arbitron-based market definition will stand and that there is a heavy burden on a petitioner to show that an alternative definition is appropriate.
The Commission plans another simultaneous, multiple-round auction.
The Commission has adopted changes in its rules that will immediately benefit LPFM operators and applicants.
These new requirements immediately affect the contents of FCC applications for construction permits.
Three expanded-band pioneers have filed a petition for rulemaking asking the FCC to amend its rules and afford Class B status for stations operating in the AM expanded band.
The new market definition does not rely solely on determinations by Arbitron. Arbitron merely defines the market.
The Denver Waiver reflects an effort by the FCC to adjust its general FM allotment standards--developed for universal application to all situations across the country--in acknowledgment of the fact that some circumstances don't fit conveniently into a universal mold.
Under the agreement, the Commission's streamlined process will provide certainty and ease burdens on everyone involved in the historic preservation review process.
By comparing the FCC Registration Number (FRN) of the entity seeking the benefit with its roster of reprobate FRNs, the FCC can put a “red light” on the processing of any application by such entities.
The FCC is asking whether broadcasters should be required to participate in state and local alerts by making their facilities available to local emergency managers.
Under the existing FM translator rules, a displaced FM translator may immediately apply to move only to adjacent channels, none of which may be available.
The FCC is considering modifications to some of its RF evaluation and measurement procedures, addition of more specific definitions regarding occupational exposure, and elimination of inconsistencies in the RF radiation rules.
The NAB wants the FCC to stop XM and Sirius from doing what they do now—nationwide distribution of major-market traffic and weather to all subscribers—and prohibit them from developing or implementing new technology to deliver such information in a more sophisticated way.
The FM auction initially announced almost four years ago, but postponed four times, is now back on the calendar for Nov. 3, 2004.
Given industry opposition to relaxation of the third-adjacent channel protection standard, the matter may not see the light of day in the foreseeable future.
The FCC has adopted a Tower Construction Notification System that is intended to help guide broadcasters through the often difficult process of determining