I did not file during the October/November 2013 window, can I still get an LPFM station?

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Not at this time.  The FCC only accepts applications for new stations during designated filing widnows.  Prior to 2013, the previous filing window spanned over 2000 and 2001.  Based on the outcome of various proceedings including MB Docket 19-3 as well as any possibility that REC's technical petition for rulemaking, RM-11810 comes to fruition, there may be an opportunity for new stations shortly after that.

If there is an existing organization that is already an LPFM licensee and they are willing to assign their license to your organization and the station has been fully licensed for at least three years (exclusive of any time that the station was in silent status), then the license can be assigned to your organization.  Your organization must meet the minimum localism standards as well as the basic guidelines for being a noncommercial educational broadcaster such as being a state recognized non-profit and plan to use the station to advance your organization's educational program.  LPFM stations can't be "sold" as the license has no value.  The transaction can include the sale of equipment and the amount of the transaction is limited to the depreciated fair market value of the tangible equipment being handed over to the new organization.

THIS ANSWER IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON THE OUTCOME OF MB DOCKET 19-3.

 

Topics: 
LPFM during the filing window
Answer Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019