FCC Proposal: More Rural Sticks, Less Move-Ins
April 21, 2009 at 10:58 AM (PT)
The FCC has released a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public comment that ostensibly would increase radio service to rural AMERICA. To accomplish that, it would prioritize less populated areas by making it more difficult to move-in a license from a rural area to a larger market.
"This rulemaking is long overdue," Acting Chair MICHAEL COPPS said. "Our allotment and assignment policies have been transformed over time into an arcane parlor game that only industry insiders know how to play. It is time to level the playing field. We need fair and transparent rules to meet our statutory obligations and, more importantly, our obligations to the American people."
The Commission proposes to more closely examine whether rural populations are get a fair chance at new allotments. It will also make it more difficult for stations to leave smaller communities and to downgrade AM stations. The full document is available here.