LPFM MX Group Point Handling Scenarios
This is an extensive (but not complete) list of situations that can happen in groups of mutually exclusive application groups (MX Groups) based on certain actions that take place before the FCC reviews each group at the time of their final review after the completion of the major amendment change window and settlement opportunity.
Point pledges (main studio and local programming) are only applicable when the points are specifically used in order for the applicant to gain a construction permit. In cases where an applicant files an amendment to "break out" of the MX Group to become singleton, the points will not apply. If the applicant is the lead scorer and other applicants in the MX Group leave the group (through amendments to become singleton or through any kind of application dismissal) leaving only the lead scorer in the MX Group, then the pledges will not apply. If a universal settlement (involving ALL MX group members) is reached, the pledges will not apply.
For the purposes of these charts, a "break out" can also include a dismissal of the application either at the applicant's request or by action of the Audio Division. (In those cases, the "outcome" as shown will not be a singleton, but instead, a dismissed application.)
- 2 applicant MX Groups
- 3 applicant MX Groups
- 4 applicant MX Groups
- 5 applicant MX Groups
- 6 or more applicant MX Groups
2 applicant MX Groups
Both applicants have lead score
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
2-way involuntary time share. |
Yes |
Voluntary time share reached |
2-way voluntary time share |
No |
1 applicant modifies to break out |
2 singletons |
No |
Only one of the 2 applicants has a lead score
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
Lead granted, non-lead dismissed |
Yes |
Voluntary time share reached |
2-way voluntary time share (even though the applicants vary in points, they are still permitted to reach a universal settlement). |
No |
1 applicant modifies to break out |
2 singletons |
No |
3 applicant MX Groups
All three applicants (A, B & C) have lead score
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
3-way involuntary time share. |
Yes |
Applicants A & B reach a time share agreement. |
A & B will aggregate their scores and awarded a 2-way voluntary time share. C will be dismissed. |
Yes |
All three reach voluntary time share agreement |
3-way voluntary time share. |
No |
C modifies to break out |
C becomes a singleton. A & B are subject to an involuntary 2-way time share. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach a time share agreement and C breaks out. |
C becomes a singleton. A & B have a 2-way voluntary time share. |
No |
2 of 3 break out |
3 singletons. |
No |
Two applicants (A & B) have lead score, one applicant (C) does not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A & B are subject to a 2-way involuntary time share. C is dismissed. |
Yes |
Applicants A & B reach a time share agreement |
A & B will aggregate their scores and awarded a 2-way voluntary time share. C will be dismissed. |
Yes |
Applicants A & C reach a time share agreement |
Time share will be denied. A & B will be subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C is dismissed. |
Yes |
Applicants A & C reach a time share and B breaks out |
A & C may be granted their time share agreement. B will become singleton. |
No |
All three reach voluntary time share agreement |
3-way voluntary time share (universal settlement) |
No |
B modifies to break out |
B becomes singleton. A is awarded and C is dismissed. |
Yes (for A) |
C modifies to break out |
C becomes a singleton. A & B are subject to an involuntary 2-way time share. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach a time share agreement and C breaks out. |
C becomes a singleton. A & B have a 2-way voluntary time share. |
No |
2 of 3 break out |
3 singletons. |
No |
One applicant (A) has lead score, two applicants (B & C) do not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A is awarded. B and C are dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach a time share agreement |
Time share will be denied. A will be awarded. B & C will be dismissed. |
Yes |
B & C reach a time share agreement. |
Time share will be denied. A will be awarded. B & C will be dismissed. |
Yes |
All three reach voluntary time share agreement |
3-way voluntary time share (universal settlement) |
No |
B modifies to break out |
B becomes a singleton. A is awarded. C is dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach a time share agreement and C breaks out. |
C becomes a singleton. A & B have a 2-way voluntary time share. |
No |
B & C reach a time share agreeent and A breaks out |
A becomes a singleton. B & C have a 2-way voluntary time share. |
No |
2 of 3 break out |
3 singletons. |
No |
4 applicant MX Groups
All applicants (A, B, C & D) are lead scorers
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
Time shares are denied. Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D becomes singleton. |
No |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C becomes singleton. D is dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D are singletons. |
No |
All four reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. |
Yes |
D breaks out |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D is singleton. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
C & D break out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C and D are singletons. |
Yes (for A & B) |
3 of 4 break out |
4 singletons. |
No |
Three applicants (A, B & C) are lead scorers, one (D) is not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D is dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D dismissed. |
Yes |
A & D reach time share agreement |
A & D's time share is denied. A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D is dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
C & D's time share is denied. A & B are awarded 2-way time share. C & D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D becomes singleton. |
No |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C becomes singleton. D is dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C is dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D are singletons. |
No |
All four reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D is dismissed. |
Yes |
D breaks out |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D is singleton. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
C & D break out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C and D are singletons. |
Yes (for A & B) |
3 of 4 break out |
4 singletons. |
No |
Two applicants (A & B) are lead scorers, two (C & D) are not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C & D dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D dismissed. |
Yes |
A & D reach time share agreement |
A & D's time share is denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C & D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
C & D's time share is denied. A & B are awarded 2-way time share. C & D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
Time share is denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C & D dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
Time share is denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C is dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C becomes singleton. D is dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D are singletons. |
No |
All four reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. A, & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C & D are dismissed. |
Yes |
D breaks out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C is dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
C & D break out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C and D are singletons. |
Yes (for A & B) |
3 of 4 break out |
4 singletons. |
No |
One applicant (A) is a lead scorer, the other three (B, C & D) are not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A awarded. B, C & D dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B's time share is denied. A is awarded. B, C & D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
Both time shares are denied. A is awarded. B, C and D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B, C & D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B & C are dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
Time share is denied. C becomes singleton. B & D are dismissed. |
Yes (for A) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B is dismissed. C & D become singletons. |
Yes (for A) |
All four reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B, C and D are dismissed. |
Yes |
A breaks out |
A becomes singleton. B, C & D are subject to 3-way involuntary time share. |
Yes (for B, C & D) |
D breaks out |
A is awarded. B & C are dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A) |
C & D break out |
A is awarded. B is dismissed. C & D become singletons. |
Yes (for A) |
3 of 4 break out |
4 singletons. |
No |
A breaks out. B, C & D reach voluntary time share. |
A is singleton. B, C & D awarded 3-way time share. |
No |
B breaks out. A, C & D reach voluntary time share. |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B is singleton. C & D are dismissed. |
Yes (for A) |
Five applicants
All applicants (A, B, C, D & E) are lead scorers
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicants dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
Time shares are denied. Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement. D & E reach a separate time share agreement. |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D becomes singleton. E is dismissed. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C becomes singleton. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D are singletons. E is dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C, D & E break out. |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C, D & E are singletons. |
No |
All five reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicants dismissed. |
Yes |
E breaks out |
Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. |
Yes |
D & E break out |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D and E are singletons. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
C, D & E break out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E are singletons. |
Yes (for A & B) |
4 of 5 break out. |
5 singletons. |
No |
Four applicants (A, B, C & D) are lead scorers, one (E) is not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
Between A, B, C & D: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. E is dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C, D and E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & E reach time share agreement |
A & E's time share is denied. Between A, B, C & D: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. E is dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
Between A, B, C & D: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. E is dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A, B & C granted voluntary 3-way time share. D becomes singleton. E is dismissed. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C becomes singleton. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C is dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D are singletons. E is dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A, B, C & D reach time share. |
Time share is denied. Between A, B, C & D: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. E is dismissed. |
Yes |
All applicants reach time share |
Time share is denied. Between A, B, C & D: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. E is dismissed. |
Yes |
E breaks out |
Between A, B, C & D: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. E is singeton. |
Yes (for time share winners) |
D & E break out |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D and E are singletons. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
C, D & E break out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D and E are singletons. |
Yes (for A & B) |
4 of 5 break out |
5 singletons |
No |
Three applicants (A, B & C) are lead scorers, two (D & E) are not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & D reach time share agreement |
A & D's time share is denied. A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D reach their own time share agreement |
C & D's time share is denied. A, B & C are awarded 3-way time share. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement |
A, B & C awarded 3-way voluntary time share. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D breaks out |
A, B & C awarded 3-way voluntary time share. E is dismissed. D becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C breaks out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C becomes singleton. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A & B reach time share agreement, C & D break out |
A & B granted voluntary 2-way time share. C & D are singletons. E is dismissed. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A, B, C and D reach time share agreement |
Time share is denied. A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
All 5 reach a time share agreement |
Time share is denied. A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
E breaks out |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D is dismissed. E becomes singleton. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
D & E break out |
A, B & C subject to 3-way involuntary time share. D and E are singletons. |
Yes (for A, B & C) |
C, D & E break out |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E are singletons. |
Yes (for A & B) |
4 of 5 break out |
5 singletons. |
No |
Two applicants (A & B) are lead scorers, the other three (C, D & E) are not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C, D & E either break out or take no action |
A & B awarded 2-way voluntary time share. C, D & E are dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D & E either break out or take no action. |
Time share is denied. A & B awarded 2-way voluntary time share. C is dismissed. D & E are dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for A & B) |
A, B, C & D reach time share agreement (regardless of what E does) |
Time share is denied. A & B awarded 2-way voluntary time share. C & D are dismissed. E is dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for A & B) |
All five reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. A & B awarded 2-way voluntary time share. C, D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
A breaks out |
A becomes singleton. B is awarded. C, D & E are dismissed. |
Yes (for B) |
A breaks out and any of C, D or E also break out |
A becomes singleton. B is awarded. C, D & E are dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for B) |
A and B break out |
A & B are singletons. C, D & E are subject to 3-way involuntary time share. |
Yes (for C, D & E) |
A, B & C break out |
A, B & C are singletons. D & E are subject to 2-way involuntary time share. |
Yes (for D & E) |
4 of 5 break out |
5 singletons. |
No |
Any 2 of C, D or E reach time share agreement, A and B take no action |
Time share is denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
C, D & E reach time share agreement, A & B take no action |
Time share is denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C, D & E reach separate time share agreement |
C, D & E's time share is denied. A & B awarded 2-way voluntary time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & C reach time share agreement, B, D & E reach separate time share agreement |
Both time shares are denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D & E reach separate time share agreement |
Both time shares are denied. A & B subject to 2-way involuntary time share. C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
One applicant (A) is the lead scorer, the other four (B, C, D & E) are not
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
A is awarded. B, C, D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C, D & E either break out or take no action |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B is dismissed. C, D & E are dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for A) |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D & E either break out or take no action. |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B & C are dismissed. D & E are dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for A) |
A, B, C & D reach time share agreement (regardless of what E does) |
Time share is denied. A is awarded B, C & D are dismissed. E is dismissed or singleton. |
Yes (for A) |
All five reach time share agreement. |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B, C, D & E are dismissed. |
Yes |
A breaks out |
A becomes singleton. Between B, C, D & E: The top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicant dismissed. |
Yes (for the time share members) |
A & E break out |
A & E become singleton. B, C & D are subject to 3-way involuntary time share |
Yes (for B, C & D) |
A, D & E break out |
A, D & E become singleton. B & C are subject to 2-way involuntary time share. |
Yes (for B & C) |
4 of 5 break out |
5 singletons. |
No |
Any 2 of C, D or E reach time share agreement, A and B take no action |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B, C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
C, D & E reach time share agreement, A & B take no action |
Time share is denied. A is awarded. B, C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A & B reach time share agreement, C, D & E reach separate time share agreement |
Both time shares are denied. A is awarded. B, C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
A, B & C reach time share agreement, D & E reach separate time share agreement |
Both time shares are denied. A is awarded. B, C, D & E dismissed. |
Yes |
Six or more applicants
At least six applicants are lead scorers
Amendments made |
Outcome |
Pledges required |
None |
Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicants dismissed. |
Yes |
One applicant breaks out |
The applicant breaking out is singleton. Of the remaining applicants: Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicants dismissed. |
Yes (for time share members) |
Two applicants break out |
The applicants breaking out are singleton. Of the remaining applicants: Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicants dismissed. |
Yes (for time share members) |
Three applicants break out |
The applicants breaking out are singleton. The remaining applicants are subject to a 3-way involuntary time share. |
Yes (for time share members) |
Four applicants break out |
The applicants breaking out are singleton. The remaining applicants are subject to a 2-way involuntary time share. |
Yes (for time share members) |
Five applicants break out |
6 singletons. |
No |
Three applicants reach a time share agreement. Another three applicants reach a time share agreement. (Likewise, if there are two or three timeshare agreements of two applicants each) |
Time share agreements are denied. Top 3 based on community presence date will be given a 3-way involuntary time share. Youngest applicants dismissed. |
Yes |
Three applicants reach a time share agreement. Two applicants reach a separate time share agreement. |
The applicants in the 3-way time share agreement will be awarded as such. The remaining applicants will be dismissed. |
Yes |
Many of the other scenarios for six or more MX Group members are handled in a manner similar to how 5 are handled.