What is Low Power FM (“LPFM”)?
The Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service was created by the Commission in January 2000. LPFM stations are authorized for noncommercial educational broadcasting only (no commercial operation) and operate with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts (0.1 kilowatts) or less, with maximum facilities of 100 watts ERP at 30 meters (100 feet) antenna height above average terrain (HAAT). The approximate service range of a 100 watt LPFM station is 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles radius). LPFM stations are not protected from interference that may be received from other classes of FM stations. A construction permit is required before an LPFM station can be constructed or operated. The mere filing of an LPFM application does not authorize any construction or operation.
Who Can Apply for LPFM Stations?
The Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service was created by the FCC in 2000 to allow for community organizations, educational institutions, churches, ministries, government public safety agencies and tribal governments to have a noncommercial short-range radio station with an effective range of 3½ miles to provide hyperlocal content for a portion of a large community or a smaller community.
When Can I Apply for an LPFM Station?
The last LPFM filing window was from October 15 through November 15, 2013. The next LPFM filing window will be from November 1 – 8, 2023. Channel avaiability for your area is key to applying for a LPFM facility, contact us for details.