FCC Proposed Rule on Policies To Promote Rural Radio Service and To Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures

March 17, 2011 at 8:36 am | Posted in Telecommunications | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Federal Register

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 73

[MB Docket No. 09-52; FCC 11-28]

Policies To Promote Rural Radio Service and To Streamline
Allotment and Assignment Procedures

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission adopted a Second Further
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SFNPRM), in which it announced that it
wished to develop a more comprehensive record regarding measures to
assist Federally recognized Native American Tribes and Alaska Native
Villages (Tribes) in obtaining commercial FM radio station
authorizations. Specifically, the Commission sought comment on the use
of threshold qualifications for Tribes applying for commercial FM radio
channel allotments that were added to the Table of Allotments using the
Tribal Priority adopted by the Commission in the First Report and Order
(First R&O) in this proceeding. The Commission also sought further
comment on whether a Tribal Bidding Credit would accomplish the goal of
increasing Tribal ownership of commercial stations broadcasting to
Tribal Lands, and sought comment on the financial and other barriers
facing Tribes wishing to enter the commercial broadcast arena.

DATES: Comments may be filed on or before April 15, 2011 and reply
comments may be filed on or before May 16, 2011. Written comments on
the Paperwork Reduction Act proposed information collection
requirements must be submitted by the public, Office of Management and
Budget (OMB), and other interested parties on or before May 16, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by MB Docket No. 09-52,
by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Federal Communications Commission’s Web Site: http://
www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/
. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
E-mail: ecfs@fcc.gov. Include the docket number in the
subject line of the message. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section
of this document for detailed information on how to submit comments by
e-mail.
Mail: 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request
reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language
interpreters, CART, etc.) by e-mail: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: 202-418-
0530 or TTY: 202-418-0432.
For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional
information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION section of this document.

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