What is the status of the FCCs rulemaking proceeding on the broadcast industrys request for federal limits on the time it takes for state and local authorities to rule on tower sitings?

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What is the status of the FCCs rulemaking proceeding on the broadcast industrys request for federal limits on the time it takes for state and local authorities to rule on tower sitings?

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In May of 1997, the FCC received a petition from the National Association of Broadcasters and the Association for Maximum Service Television arguing that local zoning regulations may make it impossible for many broadcasters to meet the schedule for introduction of DTV. Expressing concern that the local approval process would take too long, these petitioners asked the FCC to adopt a rule allowing preemption of local regulations when those regulations or review process exceeded a particular length of time that would delay the introduction of DTV. Seeking input from the public, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on this matter in August 1997. The FCC recognized the need to balance the important federal policy of expediting the implementation of DTV with the importance of being “sensitive to the rights of states and localities” to protect the interests of their citizens. The FCC made clear that the purpose of the NPRM was to solicit critically important public comment a

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