EMF, Prometheus Proposes LPFM, Translator Procedural Changes
July 12, 2010 at 4:52 AM (PT)
EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION and the PROMETHEUS RADIO PROJECT have filed a memo with the FCC in MM Docket 99-25 calling for LPFM applicants proposing local service to be given priority over translator applicants in future proceedings.
The parties also propose eliminating the limit of 10 protected FM translator applications from filing windows, which they said "may result in the preclusion of many new LPFM stations in larger markets through the grants of new FM translator applications, while also resulting in rural populations and other underserved areas not receiving any radio service because FM translator applicants forego protection of these applications when selecting the 10 applications to protect."
The memo proposes keeping all of the pending FM translator applications from the 2003 FM translator Window on file, while deferring the processing of those applications until after a new LPFM Window, applicants in which would receive a preference over the translator applications.
And the parties suggest additional proposals, including unified LPFM and translator filing windows, limits on the number of translator applications, allowing LPFMs on 87.5, 87.7, and 87.9 FM and allowing FM translator stations to be converted to LPFM uses.