LPFM Group Asks FCC For Primary Service Status, Power Increase, Other Rule Changes
July 27, 2015 at 12:52 PM (PT)
DAVE SOLOMON's LOW POWER FM ADVOCACY GROUP (LPFM-AG) has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC, asking for the Commission to reclassify LPFMs as primary services to prevent them from being bumped off the air by changes to full-power stations. The petition also asks for a power increase from 100 to 250 watts using translator contour spacing rules, expanded underwriting with the goal of ultimately allowing commercials, to allow licensees to transfer "failing" FMs and sell them for a profit after three years, the ability to use "-FM" call letter suffixes, and reduced fines for rule violations.
SOLOMON said, "Anyone with a full power license can bump us off the air just by moving their transmitter.... People have lost their entire life savings by just trying to serve their community. It is time we stand up and take action for past, present, and future LPFM stations. The FCC must level out the playing field once and for all."
Read the petition by clicking here.