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Proposed Rule

Radio Broadcasting Services; Worcester and Westborough, MA

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Commission requests comments on a petition filed by Entercom Boston License, LLC, proposing the reallotment of Channel 297B from Worcester to Westborough, Massachusetts, as the modification of Station WAAF(FM)'s license accordingly. Channel 297B can be reallotted to Westborough in compliance with the Commission's minimum distance separation at without the imposition of a site restriction petitioner's presently licensed site. The coordinates for Channel 297A at Westborough are 42-18-11 North Latitude and 71-53-52 West Longitude. Since Westborough is located within 320 kilometers (200 miles) of the U.S.-Canadian border, concurrence from the Canadian government has been requested. In accordance with Section 1.420(i) of the Start Printed Page 14665Commission's Rules, we will not accept competing expressions of interest for the use of Channel 297A at Westborough, Massachusetts.


Comments must be filed on or before April 29, 2002, reply comments on or before May 14, 2002.


Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the petitioner, or its counsel or consultant, as follows: Elizabeth N. Alexander, Leventhal, Senter & Lerman, P.L.L.C., 2000 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006-1809 (Counsel for Petitioner).

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Sharon P. McDonald, Mass Media Bureau, (202) 418-2180.

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This is a synopsis of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MM Docket No. 02-49, adopted February 27, 2002, released March 8, 2002. The full text of this Commission decision is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center (Room CY-A257), 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC. The complete text of this decision may also be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, Qualex International, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554.

Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 do not apply to this proceeding.

Members of the public should note that from the time a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued until the matter is no longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, all ex parte contacts are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1204(b) for rules governing permissible ex parte contacts.

For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, see 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73

  • Radio broadcasting
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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR part 73 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for Part 73 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334 and 336.

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2. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Massachusetts, is amended by removing Channel 297B at Worcester; and by adding Westborough, Channel 297B.

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Federal Communications Commission.

John A. Karousos,

Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 02-7189 Filed 3-26-02; 8:45 am]