Amendment of Section 73.202(b
MM Docket No. 95-32
Table of Allotments,
FM Broadcast Stations.
(Parker and Port St. Joe, Florida
Adopted: March 20, 1995 Released: March 20, 1995
By the Chief, Allocations Branch:
Comment Date: May 11, 1995
Reply Comment Date: May 26, 1995
1. Before the Commission for consideration is a petition for rule making filed by Southern Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ("petitioner"
, licensee of Station WPBH(FM
l 233C, Port St. Joe, Florida, requesting the reallotment of its channel to Parker, Florida, and the modification of its license accordingly.
2. Petitioner seeks to invoke the provisions of Section 1.420(i
of the Commission's Rules, which permit the modification of a station's license to specify a new community of licensee without affording other interested parties an opportunity to file competing expressions of interest.
Modification of FM License ("Change of Community R&O"
, 4FCC Rcd 4870 (1989
recon. granted in part ("Change of Community MO&O"
, 5 FCC Rcd 7094(1990
. In this regard, petitioner advises that the requested reallotment to Parker is mutually exclusive with the present allotment of Channel 233C at Port St. Joe, since no change in transmitter site is contemplated. Petitioner advises that, operating with existing facilities from its present site, Station WPBH(FM
would be able to provide city grade coverage, a 70 dBu signal over the entire community of Parker. Petitioner also states that Port St. Joe (population 4,044
will continue to receive city grade service from Station WPBH(FM
, as well as local aural transmission service from Station WMTO(FM
. Therefore, Port St. Joe will not be deprived of its sole local aural transmission service. Petitioner contends that Parker (population 4,598
is not located within the Panama City Urbanized Area.
3. In support of its proposal, petitioner states that Parker is an incorporated community, with its own fire chief, police, parks, and street departments. Parker also has its own library and numerous businesses, churches and civic organization.
4. Based on the information before us, we are unable to determine whether petitioner's proposal would result in a preferential arrangement of allotments. However, we believe the proposal warrants consideration since, it would not deprive Port St. Joe of its only local aural transmission service, and its use is mutually exclusive with Parker. We also note that, according to the 1990 U.S. Census, Parker is located within the Urbanized Area of Panama City, Florida. We question whether Parker is deserving of a local service preference, or whether Parker should be credited with all of the aural services licensed to the Panama City Urbanized Area.
RKO General (KFRC
, 5 FCC Rcd 3222 (1990
Faye and Richard Tuck
, 3 FCC Rcd 5374 (1988
. Petitioner is also requested to submit additional information regarding the public interest benefits that would accrue from the reallotment of Channel 233C to Parker, Florida, since it proposes no change in its transmitter site.
5. We believe petitioner's proposal warrants consideration. Channel 233C at Port St. Joe could be reallotted to Parker, Florida, since it would provide the community of Parker with its first local aural transmission service. A staff engineering analysis has determined that Channel 233C can be allotted to Parker, Florida, in compliance with the Commission's minimum distance separation requirements with a site restriction of 47.9 Kilometers (29.8 miles
southeast at its presently licensed transmitter site.
In accordance with Section 1.420(i
of the Commission's Rules, we will not accept competing expressions of interest in the use of Channel 233C at Parker.
6. The Commission believes it would be in the public interest to seek comments on the proposal to amend the FM Table of Allotments, Section 73.202(b
of the Commission's Rules, with respect to the following communities:
Parker, Florida - 233C
Port St. Joe, Florida 228C2, 233C 228C2
7. The Commission's authority to institute rule making proceedings,showings required, cut-off procedures, and filing requirements are contained in the attached Appendix and are incorporated by reference herein. In particular, we note that a showing of continuing interest is required by paragraph 2 of the Appendix before a channel will be allotted.
8. Interested parties may file comments on or before
May 11, 1995,
and reply comments on or before
May 26, 1995,
and are advised to read the Appendix for the proper procedures. Comments should be filed with the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. 20554. Additionally, a copy of such comments should be served on the petitioner, or its counsel or consultant, as follows:
Gary S. Smithwick
Shaun A. Maher
Smithwick & Belendiuk, P.C.
1990 M Street, N.W., Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20036
(Attorneys for Petitioner
9. The Commission has determined that the relevant provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of l980 do not apply to rule making proceedings to amend the FM Table of Allotments, Section 73.202(b
of the Commission's Rules. See
Certification that Sections 603 and 604 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act Do Not Apply to Rule Making to Amend Sections 73.202(b
, 73.504 and 73.606(b
of the Commission's Rules
, 46 FR ll549, February 9, 1981.
10. For further information concerning this proceeding, contact Nancy J. Walls, Mass Media Bureau, (202
418-2180. For purposes of this restricted notice and comment rule making proceeding, members of the public are advised that no
presentations are permitted from the time the Commission adopts a Notice of Proposed Rule Making until the proceeding has been decided and such decision is no longer subject to reconsideration by the Commission or review by any court. An ex parte presentation is not prohibited if specifically
requested by the Commission or staff for the clarification
or adduction of evidence or resolution of issues in the
proceeding. However, any new written information elicited
from such a request or a summary of any new oral information
shall be served by the person making the presentation upon
the other parties to the proceeding unless the Commission
specifically waives this service requirement. Any comment
which has not been served on the petitioner constitutes
an ex parte presentation and shall not be considered in
the proceeding. Any reply comment which has not been served
on the person(s) who filed the comment, towhich the reply
is directed, constitutes an ex parte presentation and shall
not be considered in the proceeding.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
John A. Karousos
Chief, Allocations Branch
Policy and Rules Division
Mass Media Bureau
1. Pursuant to authority found in Sections 4(i),
5(c)(1), 303(g) and (r), and 307(b) of the Communications
Act of 1934, as amended, and Sections 0.61, 0.204(b) and
0.283 of the Commission's Rules, IT IS PROPOSED TO AMEND
the FM Table of Allotments, Section 73.202(b) of the Commission's
Rules and Regulations, as set forth in the Notice of Proposed
Rule Making to which this Appendix is attached.
2. Showings Required. Comments are invited on the
proposal(s) discussed in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making
to which this Appendix is attached. Proponent(s) will
be expected to answer whatever questions are presented
in initial comments. The proponent of a proposed allotment
is also expected to file comments even if it only resubmits
or incorporates by reference its former pleadings. It
should also restate its present intention to apply for
the channel if it is allotted and, if authorized, to build
a station promptly. Failure to file may lead to denial
of the request.
3. Cut-off Procedures. The following procedures will
govern the consideration of filings in this proceeding.
(a) Counterproposals advanced in this proceeding itself
will be considered, if advanced in initial comments, so
that parties may comment on them in reply comments. They
will not be considered if advanced in reply comments.
(See Section 1.420(d) of the Commission's Rules.)
(b) With respect to petitions for rule making which
conflict with the proposal(s) in this Notice, they will
be considered as comments in the proceeding, and Public
Notice to this effect will be given as long as they are
filed before the date for filing initial comments herein.
If they are filed later than that, they will not be considered
in connection with the decision in this docket.
(c) The filing of a counterproposal may lead the Commission
to allot a different channel than was requested for any
of the communities involved.
4. Comments and Reply Comments; Service. Pursuant
to applicable procedures set out in Sections 1.415 and
1.420 of the Commission's Rules and Regulations, interested
parties may file comments and reply comments on or before
the dates set forth in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making
to which this Appendix is attached. All submissions by
parties to this proceeding or by persons acting on behalf
of such parties must be made in written comments, reply
comments, or other appropriate pleadings. Comments shall
be served on the petitioner by the person filing the comments.
Reply comments shall be served on the person(s) who filed
comments to which the reply is directed. Such comments
and reply comments shall be accompanied by a certificate
of service. (See Section 1.420(a), (b) and (c) of theCommission's
Rules.) Comments should be filed with the Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. 20554.
5. Number of Copies. In accordance with the provisions
of Section 1.420 of the Commission's Rules and Regulations,
an original and four copies of all comments, reply comments,
pleadings, briefs, or other documents shall be furnished
6. Public Inspection of Filings. All filings made
in this proceeding will be available for examination by
interested parties during regular business hours in the
Commission's Reference Center (Room 239) at its headquarters,
1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Footnote 1 Population figures are taken from the 1990 U.S. Census.
Footnote 2 The Coordinates for Channel 233C at Parker, Florida are North Latitude 29-49-09 and West Longitude 85-15-34.