FCC Establishes Tribal Priority For Broadcast Licenses
February 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM (PT)
The FCC has adopted new rules giving Native American tribes a priority to obtain broadcast radio licenses in tribal communities.
"The Commission is proud to adopt new rules that will help tribes expand their unique radio programming, a service that focuses on the promotion of tribal culture, language, and historic preservation," said FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI.
The Tribal Priority gives precedence to federally recognized Native American Tribes and ALASKA Native Villages, or companies controlled by tribes that want to establish new radio stations designed to serve communities located on tribal lands. The Commission also adopted additional changes to the application and assignment process, including blocking AM applicants who get construction permits through a Tribal preference from downgrading the service level that led to the dispositive preference.
At the same time, the Commission also proposed further rule changes, including an auction bidding credit for tribes and extending the Tribal Priority to tribes which do not possess lands.