New user friendly tool gives application status. Application status incorporated into LPFM Search, FM Query
Today, REC has made an initial release of a new tool that is intended to give LPFM applicants information on the status of their LPFM applications.
The new project, called "ASPEN" (Application Status Plain ENglish) gives LPFM application status information in plain English using 8 check boxes to represent the different stages of the LPFM application process.
Petition for Reconsideration filed on a majority of last week's LPFM dismissals.
In an effort spearheaded by REC, a Petition for Reconsideration has been filed to protest the dismissal of over 300 LPFM applications.
Signing on the Petition include various LPFM advocates including Amherst Alliance, WKJCE Radio, RM-9208 co-author Nickolaus Leggett, KZQX-LP, Johnathan Grant and William Blew.
Applicants selected to be included in the Petition for Reconsideration include those who were not able to change channels from their current location due to the Radio Broadcast Protection Act inacted by Congress. The RBPA imposed protection of third adjacent channels. Many applicants were able to change channels in a special filing window last October.
These applicants were either deadlocked or just did not file during the remedial window.
Today, the FCC has issued a Public Notice dismissing all of the LPFM applications that are short spaced on the third adjacent channel and did not or could not file a minor change amendment during the October remedial window.
Many of these applicants were deadlocked. They had not alternate channel to move to.
REC is disturbed by this action today as it affects the possibility of these LPFM applicants having any chance of getting on the air if the Commission was to relax the third adjacent channel rules as a result of the testing ordered by Congress.
REC feels that this is bad timing on the part of the FCC.