FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012 Page: 3,730
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* Applicants with proposals remaining in "spectrum limited" markets will also be given one
opportunity to modify their proposals to eliminate all preclusive impacts on certain protected
LPFM channel/point combinations. Applications that conflict with protected channel/point
combinations and that are not amended to eliminate all such conflicts will be dismissed.
* The Fourth Report and Order also modifies certain recently adopted FM translator service
rule changes as a result of the enactment of the LCRA. Specifically, it modifies the date
restriction contained in Section 74.1232(d) of the Rules to allow pending FM translator
applications that are granted to be used as cross-service translators.
Impact on Small Business
These rule modifications will have no significant adverse impact on small entities. In fact, the
adopted policies offer significant benefits to small entities. Specifically, the market-based processing
approach ensures additional spectrum for LPFM stations in markets in which it is most limited while also
ensuring the immediate licensing of translator stations in communities in which ample spectrum remains for
both services, including many major markets.
Removing the date restriction contained in Section 74.1232(d) of the Rules to allow pending FM
translator applications that are granted to be used as cross-service translators will also benefit small entities
because it will expand opportunities for translator licensees to rebroadcast AM service.
Steps a Small Entity Must Take to Comply with the Translator Dismissal Policy
Auction No. 83 translator applicants must comply with the dismissal procedures in the
* Parties with more than 50 pending applications nationally and/or more than one pending
application in the markets identified in Appendix A must identify their pending applications
for which they seek further Commission processing, consistent with the national and market-
* Parties with applications in the top 150 spectrum-available markets may file amendments
demonstrating that their applications will not preclude any LPFM channel/point combination
identified in the grid studies. Those applications that fail to do so will be dismissed.
* Parties with applications in the top 150 spectrum-limited markets (within the studied 31x31
grid) must amend their applications to eliminate all preclusive impacts on protected LPFM
channel/point combinations. An applicant in a top 50 spectrum-limited market proposing
facilities outside the studied 31x31 grid also will need to demonstrate either that no LPFM
station could be licensed at the proposed transmitter site or, if an LPFM station could be
licensed at the site, that an additional channel remains available for a future LPFM station at
the same site ("Top 50 Market Preclusion Showing"). Applications that conflict with
protected channel/point combinations or fail to make such a Top 50 Market Preclusion
Showing and that are not amended to come into compliance with these requirements will be
Steps a Small Entity Must Take to Retransmit an AM Station's Signal on an FM
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