FCC Repeals Common Antenna and Siting Rules

Last week the FCC repealed the rules requiring stations to open up their tower facilities.  The rule has been on the books for 75 years was adopted at a time when tower space was scarce.  The rules prohibited the grant or renewal of an FM or TV broadcast license “to any person who owns, leases, or controls a particular site which is peculiarly suitable” for such broadcasting in a particular area, if the site is not available for use by other such licensees. The rules applied when no other comparable site was available in the area, and the exclusive use of the site would unduly limit the number of such stations that can be licensed or unduly restrict competition among those stations.  The rule has not been invoked for years. 

The vote was unanimous. To see the FCC’s decision click HERE.


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