MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford writes that the FCC issued a Public Notice on October 4 to remind potential applicants of the upcoming filing window for applications for construction permits for new noncommercial educational FM stations.
The application window will open at 12:01 am Eastern Time on November 2 and close at 6:00 pm Eastern on November 9. Applications will only be accepted for construction permits in the FM reserved band (channels 201-220, 88.1 through and including 91.9).
The Public Notice also reminds broadcasters that there is a filing freeze in place on any application for a minor change that could impact potential filings in the window – freezing minor change applications by existing stations in the FM reserved band and by stations on unreserved channels adjacent to the reserved band (channels 221–223) and those on intermediate frequency (IF) channels (channels 254-274). The freeze will be in place through November 9. (Public Notice)