In the LP-250 proposal RM-11749, “automatic upgrade authority” refers to a provision that would allow existing LPFM (Low-Power FM) radio stations to automatically upgrade their broadcasting power from the current limit of 100 watts to 250 watts without having to go through a traditional application process. This proposal is designed to simplify the process for LPFM stations to increase their transmitting power, thereby potentially expanding their coverage area and reach.
The FCC periodically designates specific time frames known as “windows” during which they accept applications for new LPFM (Low Power FM) stations. Historically, these windows have allowed organizations to apply for LPFM licenses. Here’s an overview of the LPFM window process and related developments: