Amendment of Section 73.202(b
MM Docket No.
Table of Allotments,
FM Broadcast Stations.
Adopted: February 9, 1995 ; Released: February 21, 1995
Comment Date: April 14, 1995
Reply Comment Date: May 1, 1995
By the Chief, Allocations Branch:
1. The Commission has before it the petition for rule making filed
by Leon Hunt, d/b/a Hunt Broadcasting ("petitioner"
, requesting the allotment of Channel 272A to Madisonville, Texas, as the community's second local commercial FM service. Petitioner states it will apply for Channel 272A, if allotted.
2. We believe the public interest would be served by proposing the
allotment of Channel 272A to Madisonville, since it could provide the community with an additional local FM service. Channel 272A can be allotted to Madisonville in compliance with the Commission's minimum distance separation requirements with a site restriction of 7.0 kilometers (4.3 miles
northwest to avoid a short-spacing conflict with the licensed site of Station KMJQ(FM
, Channel 271C, Houston, Texas.
3. Accordingly, we seek comments on the proposed amendment of the FM
Table of Allotments, Section 73.202(b
of the Commission's Rules, for the community listed below, to read as follows:
Madisonville, Texas 241C2 241C2, 272A
4. 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.
5. Interested parties may file comments on or before ,
1995, and reply comments on or before , 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:
Christopher D. Imlay, Esq.
Booth, Freret and Imlay
1233-20th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
(Counsel for petitioner
6. The Commission has determined that the relevant provisions of the
Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 do not apply to rule making proceedings to amend the FM Table of Allotments, Section 73.202(b
of the Commission's Rules.
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 11549, February 9, 1981.
7. For further information concerning this proceeding, contact
Pam Blumenthal, 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, to which the reply
is directed, constitutes an ex parte presentation and shall
not be considered in the proceeding.
John A. Karousos
Chief, Allocations Branch
Policy and Rules Division
Mass Media Bureau
MM Docket No.
1. Pursuant to authority found in Sections 4(i), 5(c)(1),
(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 pleading. 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 protection. The following procedures will
consideration of filings in this proceeding.
(a) Counterproposals advanced in this proceeding itself
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
proposals 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
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 pleading. 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 the Commission'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
1.420 of the Commission's Rules and Regulations, an original and four copies of all comments, reply comments, pleading, briefs, or other documents shall be furnished the Commission.
6. Public Inspection of Filings. All filings made in
will be available for examination by interested parties during regular business hours in the Commission's Public Reference Room at its headquarters, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Footnote 1 The coordinates for Channel 272A at Madisonville are North Latitude 31-00-25 and West Longitude 95-56-30. Petitioner proposed coordinates North Latitude 31-02-24 and West Longitude 95-54-41 with a site restriction of 10.0 kilometers (6.2 miles) North. However, the Commission generally does not protect a prospective applicant's desired transmitter site for a new allotment if a less restrictive site is available, as there is no guarantee that the petitioner will ultimately become the licensee. Therefore, we will not consider petitioner's site, and advance a less restrictive site for the allotment of Channel 272A at Madisonville, Texas.