Reps. Olson, Green Ask FCC's Wheeler To Support AM-Only Filing Window For FM Translators
July 9, 2015 at 8:01 AM (PT)
Reps. PETE OLSON (R-TX) and GENE GREEN (D-TX) have sent a letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER supporting AM revitalization but expressing concern over WHEELER's hesitation to dedicate a filing window for AM stations to apply for FM translators.
In the letter, OLSON and GREEN say that they were "heartened" by WHEELER's recent blog post supporting the AM revitalization proceeding, but added, "Unfortunately the concerns you express regarding an AM-only filing window for FM translators have given us pause. It is our understanding that demand for translators among AM stations continues to outstrip supply, particularly in locations where they are eligible for use by an AM station, which has caused prices for translators to skyrocket out of reach for many AM broadcasters. There are also many areas where there are simply no translators available for potential use by AM broadcasters, at any price."