Low Power FM Rules Changes Adopted

Posted on April 30th, 2020 by

At its April 23rd meeting, the FCC adopted a number of rule changes for Low Power FM stations.  The Report & Order provides all the details and is worth reviewing.

Among the numerous rule changes, the Order (a) expands permissible use of directional antennas, (b) redefines certain LPFM minor changes, and (c) allows LPFM stations to own FM booster stations.  The FCC deferred a decision on changing its rules requiring protection of TV channel six operations, declined to increase LPFM maximum ERP from 100 to 250 watts, rejected a proposal to eliminate LPFM stations from EAS requirements, and declined to change the LPFM rule requiring protection of FM translators.