FCC opens LPFM proceeding


Both the FCC and Congress think that the time is ripe to open up third-adjacent FM channels to the new low power FM service. The FCC is looking in general into ways to facilitate new stations, and is now accepting comment on the topic. The item is MM Docket No. 99-25 Low Power FM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It is in fact a Third Report & Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It hit the Federal Register 3/6/08, and comments are due 4/7/08 with the deadline for reply comments set at 4/21/08. The FCC advises commenters to "follow the filing instructions provided in paragraphs 86 to 88 of the Second Further Notice," which is available on its website.