The FCC adopted new rules today regarding low-power FM stations, paving the way to accept a wave of applications for new LPFMs in October 2013.
Under the rules, the FCC will allow LPFMs on second-adjacent frequencies to full-power FM stations if the low-power applicant provides evidence that the new station will not cause interference. These second-adjacency waivers will allow for more low-power stations in big cities where the FM band is more crowded.
Other provisions of the Report and Order adopted today include:
- A modified point system that will give an edge to Native applicants and to LPFMs with a staffed main studio and local programming;
- Permission of cross-ownership of an LPFM station and up to two translator stations;
- And an allowance for tribal nations to operate more than one LPFM.
The Prometheus Radio Project, which advocates for low-power radio, estimates that the number of LPFMs in America could double or triple after the next filing window.