AM-only filing window for FM translators urged by Congresspersons.

Green, Olson

Green, Olson

Representatives Pete Olson (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX), in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, expressed their support for AM revitalization, but questioned Wheeler’s hesitation to dedicate and exclusive filing window for AM stations to apply for FM translators. The letter says, in part, “Unfortunately the concerns you express regarding an AM-only filing window for FM translators have given us pause. It is our understanding that demand for translators among AM stations continues to outstrip supply, particularly in locations where they are eligible for use by an AM station, which has caused prices for translators to skyrocket out of reach for many AM broadcasters. There are also many areas where there are simply no translators available for potential use by AM broadcasters, at any price.”

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