Yes, it is possible for a pending or granted LPFM applicant or permittee who no longer wishes to use their allocated channel to request a dismissal or cancellation of their application or permit as part of a settlement agreement. This can be done with the aim of making way for another mutually exclusive (MX) applicant to be granted access to that channel. However, the specifics of such a request and its approval would depend on the regulatory procedures and policies of the relevant authorities, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States.
If an applicant asserts a point they are not eligible for, such as claiming local presence when their duration is less than two years, their application may face dismissal or denial by the FCC. The FCC routinely evaluates applications to ensure they adhere to the eligibility criteria. If it’s determined that an applicant has furnished inaccurate or false information regarding their qualifications for a point, the application could be declined, or the applicant may encounter other penalties. It’s of utmost importance for applicants to faithfully represent their qualifications and fulfill the eligibility requirements for the points they assert to prevent potential complications during the application process.