On January 29, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order that permits most FM radio stations to increase digital power from the current maximum of one percent of authorized analog power up to a maximum of ten percent of authorized analog power. On April 8, 2010, these rule changes were published in the Federal Register, which specifies that the effective date of the Order is May 10, 2010. Thus, with the exception of “super-powered” stations (those stations operating with parameters in excess of class maximums), all FM stations may increase digital power by 6 dB anytime after May 10, 2010 by giving the FCC notice within ten days of such power increase. On or after May 10, 2010, stations that desire to increase digital power beyond 6 dB, to up to 10 dB, must receive permission from the FCC through an informal application. A more detailed explanation of the Order appeared in a previous Client Alert and can be found here.