Filing Window for FM Auction 91 Opens on January 31, 2011 and Closes on February 10, 2011
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold an auction for 144 construction permits for FM stations across the country beginning April 27, 2011. A list of the permits is available here. In order to participate in the auction, potential applicants must file a Form 175 during a window that opens on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm ET and closes on February 10, 2011 at 6:00pm ET. Applicants who file a Form 175 during this window must then submit a down payment by 6:00pm ET on March 21, 2011 in order to participate in the auction. Importantly, applicants who file a Form 175 but later decide that they do not want to participate in the auction, are not required to submit a down payment or bid in the auction.
As part of the auction, the FCC has imposed a freeze on the filing of any FM commercial or noncommercial educational minor change application during the January 31, 2011 to February 10, 2011 filing window. Thus, if you anticipate the need to file a minor change application during this time period, you should file prior to January 31, 2011.