On April 20, 2009, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that requests comment on a number of proposals that the Commission believes will help it carry out its statutory goals under Section 307(b) of the Communications Act. Generally, the NPRM proposes to:

  • Change the FCC's allotment rules and procedures to significantly reduce or eliminate station moves and upgrades, especially into or near urbanized areas.
  • Modify the AM and FM auction procedures.
  • Make other related changes to the FCC's technical rules.

Comments to the NPRM are due 60 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register. Reply comments are due 30 days thereafter. A copy of the NPRM is available here.