FCC Announces Extension to LPFM Application Deadline


November 14, 2013

FCC Announces Additional Extenstion to the Low Power FM Deadline:

Applicants Now Have Until Nov. 15, 2013 3pm EST

WASHINGTON, DC - Shortly before today's 6pm EST deadline for submitting the Low Power FM application, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced they would extend the deadline yet again until November 15, 2013 at 3:00PM EST. The extension was granted due to difficulties that many applicants experienced while trying to submit their applications today.

The delays and system errors began late Thursday afternoon as the 6pm EST deadline approached. Prometheus and their partners in the field contacted the FCC to encourage an extension to ensure that all applicants were able to submit their applications.

Prometheus successfully submitted applications for all of the groups it has been working directly with through the Torchbearers Program, as well as hundreds more who worked closely with Prometheus' technical and engineering team. Over a thousand groups utilized free resources, tools and webinars on Prometheus' website.

Groups who are still in the process of completing their LPFM application are encouraged to use Prometheus' Top 3 Tools webpage for more assistance.




October 22, 2013

FCC Announces Application Deadline Extension for Community Radio:
Prometheus Radio Project Offers Support for Groups to Get on Air

WASHINGTON DC -- On October 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an extended license application deadline for community radio stations. Nonprofit groups, public safety organizations and Indian Tribes can apply for low power FM (LPFM) stations online at the FCC website. Applications are due by November 14, 2013 6pm EST.

 This comes in response to the federal government shutdown that delayed the opening of the original LPFM window, which had been slated for October 15-29, 2013. During the 16 days of the government shutdown, lack of access to the FCC's web resources, including the database that hosts the LPFM application, prohibited all LPFM applicants from processing and submitting their applications to the FCC.

Prometheus joined with other community media advocates to encourage the FCC for an additional extension on the original two week window as a fair and necessary accommodation for LPFM applicant groups.

The LPFM application window is long-awaited by Prometheus and its supporters.  Prometheus led the grassroots coalition that pushed Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, which expanded community radio by directing the FCC to make more stations available nationwide and reversing an earlier law that kept stations out of urban areas.

"In a media landscape dominated by national networks, low power FM is radio at its most local. These stations transmit less than 10 miles in any direction, but that small range can cover an entire town, suburb, or small city. In big cities, a low power station can reach hundreds of thousands of listeners," said Sanjay Jolly, Policy Director for the Prometheus Radio Project. "Since only local organizations are eligible to apply, low power stations can make radio relevant to the towns and cities where they broadcast."
The over 800 low power stations already on the air are run by nonprofits, colleges, churches, and emergency responders. Many, such as the Oregon farmworker station KPCN, offer local programming in languages other than English, often hard to find on the radio dial. KPCN, also known as Radio Movimiento, plays Spanish-language news and information, organizes voter registration drives, and plays traditional and contemporary music.
Prometheus has assisted over 1,000 groups nationwide in preparation of the application window. Their missions include environmental protection, veterans' issues, serving immigrant and diaspora communities, healthcare access, and cultural preservation, among many more.

With just under 24 days until the FCC deadline, those who want to apply for a station should already be well along in their preparations. Prometheus is offering free updates and support, including acces to application guides, online trainings and advice on setting up a station. An online community, Radio Spark, is also available to connect with radio engineers and other applicants nationwide.

Contact: Julia Wierski, Development & Communications Director at Prometheus Radio Project, jwierski [at] prometheusradio.org, 215.727.9620 x 545