Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a public notice to announce Stage 3 of the Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction. In this announcement, the Commission has announced a clearing target of 108 megahertz of spectrum between 584 and 698 MHz (this does not include the channel 37 spectrum between 608-614 MHz which is not used for broadcast television). This will mean that television has been reduced to 31 channels (channels 2 to 32).
On September 27, the FCC issued a citation to SCMS regarding the marketing of the BW TX300V2 transmitter as well some other power amplifiers. This citation startled SCMS and sent some shockwaves across the LPFM community especially given that the TX300V2, one of the two most popular transmitters for LPFM stations was indeed FCC certified for use on LPFM stations.
According to a story in Radio World, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai speaking at the Radio Show in Nashville states that the FCC should consider a new FM class C4. According to Pai, "An NPRM would allow us to ask the right questions, explore the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal, and receive the view of all stakeholders. Then, we would be in a much better position to determine whether to implement this idea."