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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

    April 2, 2001

Statement of Michael K. Powell, Chairman On FCC 2nd Report and Order on Low Power FM Radio Service

Today, the FCC has issued an Order revising our Low Power FM (LPFM) service rules to conform with the interference protection standards mandated by Congress in the Appropriations Act at the end of last year.

This action will enable us to move ahead and grant construction permits to eligible LPFM applicants who meet the standard for protecting third adjacencies, the same level of interference protection currently required for full power stations.

As these stations are built out, we will work with the new LPFM licensees and broadcasters to ensure the continued integrity of existing broadcast services, while providing new opportunities for community based programming.

Meanwhile, as directed by Congress, the Commission has initiated the process of independent testing to determine the impact of LPFM stations that operate without providing third adjacent channel protection to full-service FM and FM translator stations.