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This preliminary information is based on the REC "Simple 250" Petition for Rulemaking filed by REC Networks in May, 2020 and was assigned rulemaking number RM-11909 by the FCC in May, 2021. Simple 250 is a plan to allow qualified LPFM stations to upgrade to 250 watts at 30 meters height above average terrain. Simple 250 addresses the two main concerns that the FCC had with a proposal for introducing a second LPFM class of service incluidng a need for simplicity and better compliance with the Local Community Radio Act of 2010. REC proposed an LP250 service with higher distance separation requirements than the previous LP100 service and is a change from previous versions of LP250 proposed by both REC and the FCC. While there is not much opportunity for LPFM stations in core urban areas with crowded spectrum to upgrade, there remains many opportunities for rural and suburban LPFM stations, including inside the top Nielsen Audio markets. Use this site to look up the LPFM stations that you are interested in to see what their potential is for upgrading in this proposal. Some upgrades may require a channel change while others may require a revised second adjacent channel waiver request.
In response to the FCC's announcement to collect comments on RM-11909 (Simple 250), we did an automated study of all granted LPFM stations from both the 2000/2001 and 2013 filing windows to see if these stations can upgrade or if additional studies would need to be required. This website allows you to look up a granted LPFM station by call sign or facility ID. Again there is no guarantee that this is what may end up in an eventual Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the FCC puts out but it shows you what we are thinking of.

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NOTE: Data in this tool is based on FCC data as of close of business on June 11, 2021. Any subsequent application activity or subsequent LPFM grants may not be reflected in this tool. This tool will be updated regularly as we go through the rulemaking process. Call sign shown was the one in effect at the time of the application effectuating the change and may not be the current call sign the station is using.

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