FCC extends deadline for LPFM applications

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The FCC has set a new deadline for applicants seeking licenses for low-power FM stations, agreeing to keep its filing window open until 6 p.m. Nov. 14.

After the federal government resumed operations last week, several organizations that assist low-power FM radio stations appealed to the commission to extend its window for accepting LPFM applications. They sought to adjust the time frame to accommodate aspiring licensees who had been hindered in preparing their applications by the government shutdown.

The FCC initially planned to accept LPFM applications Oct. 15–29, but the shutdown postponed the window’s opening until Oct. 17.

An extension would provide time “for advocates and volunteers to communicate the new deadline to the public,” wrote the low-power radio advocates in their Oct. 17 letter to the FCC. The letter was signed by representatives of the Prometheus Radio Project, REC Networks, Common Frequency and ColorOfChange.org.

This article was first published in Current, Oct. 21, 2013.

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