FCC Announces the First New FM Translator Auction Filing Window
The FCC staff provided additional information about the first new auction filing window for new FM translator stations. Only eligible Class C and Class D AM stations may file for a new FM translator station during the window. To be eligible to participate in this filing window, the applicant must not have participated in either of the 2016 FM translator modification windows. The filing window will open on July 26, 2017 and close at 6 pm ET on August 2, 2017. Any FM translator station acquired through this filing window will not be allowed to rebroadcast any station other than the AM primary station identified in the application. The Public Notice also announces a freeze on the filing of certain applications in anticipation of the auction window. Specifically, between July 19, 2017 and August 2, 2017, the Media Bureau will not accept Low Power FM or FM translator minor change construction permit applications, or FM booster construction permit applications.