Radio Groups Petition the FCC to Review the AM/FM Subcaps

According to a report from Inside Radio, six radio groups, including Alpha Media, Connoisseur Media, East Arkansas Broadcasters, Galaxy Communications, Jackson Radio Works and Roberts Communications, are requesting that the FCC review the AM/FM radio subcaps as the agency considers relaxing broadcast cross-ownership regulations. While the FCC previously stated that the subcaps promote competition, the groups argue that FM translators, online streaming and digital technology have narrowed the gap that once separated AM and FM.

The subcaps currently limit an owner to no more than five stations on either the AM or FM band in the largest of markets. Last August, the FCC decided to keep the subcaps in place, stating that the agency saw enough “differences” between the two services to justify the limits.

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