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FCC receives petition for reconsideration regarding the creation of a low power radio service

The Media Access Project, the Washington D.C. based communications law firm, submitted to the Federal Communications Commission on June 11, 2001, a petition for reconsideration or in the alternative, clarification of numerous minor policy questions, which requests changes for improving the management and rationality of the LPFM service.

Many of the requests are premised on the grounds of procedural fairness. Specific areas include mutually exclusive applications, time and point sharing, time allotted for submitting time-sharing amendment, increased efficiency where frequencies are available, and amendment to facilitate time-sharing.

This is important because in many areas there are not enough low power radio licenses to go around, so some groups may be able to share a single station, thus enabling each group to have some time on the air. While the FCC has no deadline to respond to the petition, it is hoped that the FCC will consider the most urgent request quickly before the lists of competing applications are announced some time this summer.

Other topics include the Emergency Alert System (EAS), transmitter relocation, FCC database errors, definition of locally-originated Broadcasting, premature dismissal of Appendix C applicants, and the need for more timely communication with the applicants.

Petitioners included the United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc.; the Communication Commission of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; General Board for Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church; Department for Communication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the Civil Rights Forum, Libraries for the Futures, and the Consumers Union.

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