LPFM Filing Window Procedures Announced; FM Translator Filing Freeze Scheduled

Posted on July 31st, 2023 by

On July 31, 2023, the FCC issued its public notice announcing the filing procedures for the upcoming November 1-8, 2023 filing window for new low power FM construction permits.

The Form 318 application for participants is now available in LMS and can be accessed so that application completion can begin.  LMS will prevent the filing of the form until November 1.  The specific requirements are many and detailed, and any interested applicant should begin as early as possible with form completion.  Retaining qualified counsel and engineering assistance is also important to do early.

In connection with this filing window, the FCC has also announced a filing freeze on all LPFM and FM translator minor mod applications.  The filing freeze will begin at 11:59pm EDT on August 31, 2023 and end at 6:00pm EST on November 8, 2023.  Broadcasters contemplating filing minor modifications to their LPFM or FM translator applications should do so before the freeze goes into effect, as applications filed during the window may restrict your ability to do so after the window.