BREAKING: NCE FILING WINDOW DATES: November, 2 through November 9, 2021! There will be an application cap of 10 per organization. This new filing window will be for new noncommercial FM radio stations in the reserved FM band (88.1 – 91.9 FM).
Chairman Pai last year responded to a Congressional inquiry about the next window for new LPFM stations. In his letter he stated that the LPFM window would follow the window for new noncommercial FM stations, since noncommercial applicants have not had an opportunity to file for new stations in over a decade.
The 2010 window for NCE applications was for a limited number of commercial frequencies that had been set aside and reserved for noncommercial use where the reserved band had constraints. The last window for reserved band FM stations (88.1 to 91.9 FM) opened in 2007. While the last window for filing Low Power FM applications occurred in 2013.
Stations in the reserved band can be located where no interference is created to an existing FM station and cannot be placed if existing stations would interfere with the new service. These type of applications are more complicated than those for LPFM. Start your planning now as the analysis for where a new station can be located can be very time consuming.