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I doubt there will be another LPFM window. Right now it looks like there will either be a free for all translator filing window, or an AM specific filing window. Don’t expect that to happen until Auction 98 is complete and construction permits are issued for build out of those stations.
Auction 98 will do a pretty good shoehorning in a bunch of class A stations where they could fit. Then I would guess a translator window will further fill any holes where any sort of signal could be squeezed in. Add on top of that the possibility for current LPFM’s to increase to 250W and there won’t be room for any more LPFM’s.
Translators used to be boring. They were either used to fill in coverage for an analog station on the FM dial, used to extend coverage of an analog station on the FM dial. Then two things changed. AM stations could use an FM translator to get a signal on the FM dial. Stations with HD 2/3/4 channels could use translators to get the HD channels on the analog FM dial. Suddenly if someone had an AM station or a HD FM station a translator became a FM station without ownership limits. Now that translators are so versatile there will be groups looking for anywhere one can be put in the future translator window. If it is an AM only translator window, expect AM’s to aggressively maximize the translator they apply for. If it is a free for all translator window, expect noncommercial/educational groups to file thousands of applications to shove in a translator anywhere it can be fit, since unless the rules have changed they don’t have to pay fees for filing.
So if you really want community radio, start a petition to let translators originate their own programing and get a translator. A 1W translator is the smallest thing the FCC is likely to license.
On the other hand, if your goal is to keep broadcasting fun be happy with 250uv/m@3m, and be glad there is no public comments out on a proposal to reduce that.