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Friday, February 20, 2009

Another window for non-profit groups to apply for non-commercial, educational, full-power FM stations

Folks at the Prometheus Radio Project are reporting that the Federal Communications Commission will open another rare opportunity for non-profit organizations to apply for radio licenses. free103point9 won such a license (on 90.7-FM in Greene and Columbia Counties in New York) during the FCC's October 2007 Full Power Non-Commercial Educational (NCE) filing window for frequencies in the non-commercial band of the FM dial (88-92 FM). "Before that NCE filing window opened, the FCC decided to hold back approximately 65 spots on the dial for locations around the country," a Prometheus says. "These frequencies, called Non-reserved NCE Allotments, are located in the 'Commercial Band' of the FM dial – between 92.1MHz and 107.9MHz – and are set aside for NCE use." The FCC has not announced when exactly the window for applications will be, but it will probably be later in 2009. Watch the Radio For People web site for more information about how to bring community radio to your area.

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