The shutdown affects all “nonessential” government services. While this effects many aspects of the government, one in particular that effects LPFM radio directly is the Federal Communications Commission. This is the first shutdown since the Commission has been using the Consolidated Database System (CDBS). So the affects of the government shutdown have come with a great surprise to those interested in filing and even the engineering and consulting firms working on client’s application. The CDBS along with several other critical services needed to prepare an application have been disabled! We assumed these systems would continue to operate consider the fact the Shutdown procedures leaves 15 IT personnel on site at the Commission. I guess they are twiddling their thumbs since there is no longer any functioning services or website at the time of this writing. The only services authorized at the FCC at the moment are those that involve safety of life. “FCC activities other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property will cease.”
UPDATE! 10/8/2013The LPFMStore.com and Nexus Broadcast, LLC continue to operate and prepare LPFM applications with proprietary software. Nexus has re-tooled and is no longer dependent on operational government services. We are now preparing LPFM applications at full tilt and expect to be back on schedule by the end of the week. These new tools have increased our productivity. As a result we now have several additional application spots available in our que. We do not know at this time if the filing window for Low Power FM Radio will be delayed, extended or postponed.
Federal Government Shutdown to Delay LPFM Radio Filing Window?
Some may claim that LPFM applications have had months to prepare. However, that is not entirely true. For instance, unclear information regarding second adjacent waivers needed to be clarified and digested. Existing translator applications from 2003 needed to be dealt with first to determine LPFM frequency availability in a given area, especially those in highly congested areas. Many were just now getting through the process and submitting data into form 318 in the CDBS.