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Low Power FM Radio (LPFM)

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The FCC is currently not accepting applications for new LPFM stations.  At this time, the Commission is faced with various priorities including revitalziation of the AM broadcast band which includes the ability for AM stations to operate FM translator (relay) stations.  The FCC is also very busy with TV Repacking where television stations will be changing their location on the broadcast spectrum in order to accommodate new wireless broadband services.  The earliest that a window for new LPFM stations could take place is in 2020.  This is only speculation but REC will be working to get another LPFM window sometime in our lifetime.

Low Power FM (LPFM) is radio that within reach of many community organizations, local artists, churches, ministries, schools and government organizations. The FCC has created this service to address the concentration of full power broadcasting by large corporations who have shut out the communities they serve in favor of national formats. 100 watt LPFM stations have a practical range of about 5 miles around the station and must remain commercial free. On this site, you will learn about the LPFM service, find out about existing LPFM stations, determine if LPFM is available in your area if another filing window opens as well as legislation and other activities that support or endanger the service. Existing LPFM applicants, permit holders and licensees can find information about their station including application status and encroachment information.

FCC Rules and other documents regarding LPFM

Local Community Radio Act of 2010

ENHANCED! - The latest version of the original online LPFM channel searching tool.

LPFM Time Share Groups

The 6 Segments of LPFM