LPFM Rulemaking Launched

Posted on July 31st, 2019 by

The FCC has adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on proposed changes to its rules governing the low power FM service. One of the intriguing items raised in the rulemaking is a proposal to eliminate protections for TV stations operating on channel 6, whose spectrum is adjacent to the non-commercial band. The FCC indicates that television’s transition to digital has largely eliminated interference from noncom radio stations to TV channel 6 reception.

Other proposed changes would allow greater flexibility for LPFM station moves, proposes to allow LPFM cross-ownership and use of FM boosters, and declines to eliminate EAS requirements for LPFM stations.

Comments will be due within 30 days of publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.