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Radio Broadcasting Services; Cotulla and Dilley, TX

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


This document requests comments on a Petition for Rule Making filed by IH-35 South Broadcasters proposing the allotment of Channel 264A to Cotulla, Texas, as a third local FM service. In order to accommodate this allotment, the Petitioner also proposes the substitution of Channel 229A for vacant Channel 264A at Dilley, Texas. Channel 264A can be allotted to Cotulla, Texas, consistent with the minimum distance separation requirement of the Commission's Rules at city reference coordinates. The coordinates for Channel 264A at Cotulla are 28-26-12 North Latitude and 99-14-05 West Longitude. Since Cotulla is located within 320 kilometers (199 miles) of the U.S.-Mexican border, Mexican concurrence has been requested. Channel 229A can also be allotted to Dilley, Texas, consistent with minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's Rules provided there is a site restriction 6.3 kilometers (3.9 miles) south of the community. The coordinates for Channel 229A at Dilley are 28-36-56 North Latitude and 99-10-48 West Longitude. Since Dilley is located within 320 kilometers (199 miles) of the U.S.-Mexican border, Mexican concurrence has been requested.


Comments must be filed on or before March 24, 2003, and reply comments on or before April 8, 2003.


Federal Communications Commission, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the petitioner, as follows: Harry C. Martin, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, 1300 North 17th Street, 11th Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22209.

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Rolanda F. Smith, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2180.

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This is a summary of the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 03-27, adopted January 29, 2003, and released January 31, 2003. The full text of this Commission decision is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the Commission's Reference Center, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text of this decision may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Qualex International, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 202-863-2893, facsimile 202-863-2898, or via e-mail

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 contact.

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
  • 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 Texas, is amended by adding Channel 264A at Cotulla and by removing Channel 264A and by adding Channel 229A at Dilley.

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Federal Communications Commission.

John A. Karousos,

Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 03-3955 Filed 2-18-03; 8:45 am]

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