FCC Sets 10 App Limit For NCE Filing Window
October 11, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
The FCC has placed a ten-application limit on the OCTOBER 12-19 filing window for new stations and major changes in the noncommercial FM band.
"We agree with the majority of comments that 10 applications is an appropriate limit," wrote the Commission. "Our examination of the record confirms our concern, based on factors set forth in the Notice, that failure to establish a limit on the number of NCE FM applications that a party may file in the window would lead to a large number of speculative filings, creating the potential for extraordinary procedural delays ... We believe that a 10-application limit is consistent with the localism and diversity goals reflected in the NCE FM point system and appropriately balances our goals of deterring speculative filings, facilitating the expeditious processing of window-filed applications with limited Commission resources, and providing interested parties with a meaningful opportunity to file for NCE FM new station licenses.
"We recognize the pent-up demand for new NCE FM channels, but we believe that managing the number of applications effectively is the key to an efficient licensing process that will promote the rapid expansion of new NCE FM service throughout the country."