WASHINGTON, DC—A new FCC proposal to boost the power of Low-Power FM (LPFM) stations isn’t likely to generate any major opposition from full-power FM stations, according to Womble Bond Dickinson Telecom attorney John Garziglia and other FM industry observers. Garziglia discussed the issue with Communications Daily in a July 16 article.

The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would allow LPFMs to make some technical changes, such as expanding usage of directional antennas and making it easier for LPFMs to use FM boosters.

Garziglia tells Communications Daily that this plan is unlikely to receive much opposition from full-power FM stations “because full-power outlets aren’t generally concerned with technical issues within LPFM, and boosters only allow stations to fill in coverage gaps within their own contour.”

However, the proposal doesn’t include previous plans to significantly boost LPFM broadcast power. Those previous proposals were met with significant resistance from full-power FM operators.

Click here to read “LPFM Draft NPRM Considered Noncontroversial” in Communications Daily (subscription required).

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.