Congressional Help for FMs in Spectrum Repack

According to a report in InsideRadio, Congressmen Bill Flores (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the Radio Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3685). This legislation establishes a dedicated fund to help subsidize FM stations that are broadcasting from 678 television towers which are scheduled to be repacked as a result of the spectrum auction.

The bill doesn’t set any specific dollar amount that would be allocated in the fund; however it gives broadcasters until 2022 to recoup any expenses. The bill would also require the FCC to “expedite consideration and approval” of applications filed from broadcasters seeking to obtain special temporary authority to continue broadcasting during the repack.”

H.R. 3685 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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