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Proposed Rule

Radio Broadcasting Services; Naples and Sanibel, FL

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Federal Communications Commission.


Proposed rule.


The Audio Division seeks comment on a petition filed by Meridian Broadcasting Inc., licensee of Station WTLT(FM), Channel 229C3, Naples, Florida, requesting the substitution of Channel 229C2 for Channel 229C3 at Naples, Florida, reallotment of Channel 229C2 from Naples to Sanibel, Florida, as its first local service, and modification of the Station WTLT(FM) license to reflect the change. Channel 229C2 can be allotted to Sanibel in conformity with the Commission's rules, provided there is a site restriction of 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles) northwest at coordinates 26-30-00 NL and 82-05-00 WL. In accordance with the provisions of Section 1.420(i) of the Commission's rules, we shall not accept competing expressions of interest pertaining to the use of Channel 229C2 at Sanibel.


Comments must be filed on or before May 10, 2005, and reply comments on or before May 25, 2005.


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: Joseph A. Belisle, Counsel for Meridian Broadcasting Inc., Leibowitz & Associates, P.A., One SE Third Avenue—Suite 1450, Miami, Florida 33131.

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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. 05-134, adopted March 21, 2005, and released March 23, 2005. 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, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC, 20054, telephone 1-800-378-3160 or This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden “for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,” pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4). The FM Table of Allotments currently reflects Channel 228A at Naples, Florida. Station WTLT(FM) was granted a license to specify operation on Channel 229C3 in lieu of Channel 228A at Naples, Florida. See BLH-20030407AAL.

Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of l980 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 Florida, is amended by removing Channel 228A at Naples and by adding Sanibel, Channel 229C2.

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Federal Communications Commission.

John A. Karousos,

Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 05-7053 Filed 4-12-05; 8:45 am]