Commercial FM channel preference policy established in Rural Radio proceeding kicks in July 2.

In January we reported on the release of the Third Report and Order (3rd R&O) in the long-running Rural Radio proceeding. That’s the decision that created a short-cut available to Native American Tribes seeking new commercial FM stations primarily serving Tribal Lands. (As used by the Commission, “Tribes” is a collective term referring to federally-recognized Native American Tribes and Alaska Native Villages.) We’re pleased to report that the revised versions of Section 73.3573 and Form 301 adopted in the 3rd R&O have received OMB’s seal of Paperwork Reduction Act approval. It says so right here in the Federal Register. And according to that notice, the revised rule and related form will become effective on July 2, 2012.