FCC 73.503 Revised as of December 4, 2012
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§ 73.503 Licensing requirements and service.
The operation of, and the service furnished by noncommercial
educational FM broadcast stations shall be governed by the following:
(a) A noncommercial educational FM broadcast station will be licensed
only to a nonprofit educational organization and upon showing that the
station will be used for the advancement of an educational program.
(1) In determining the eligibility of publicly supported educational
organizations, the accreditation of their respective state departments
of education shall be taken into consideration.
(2) In determining the eligibility of privately controlled educational
organizations, the accreditation of state departments of education
and/or recognized regional and national educational accrediting
organizations shall be taken into consideration.
(b) Each station may transmit programs directed to specific schools in
a system or systems for use in connection with the regular courses as
well as routine and administrative material pertaining thereto and may
transmit educational, cultural, and entertainment programs to the
(c) A noncommercial educational FM broadcast station may broadcast
programs produced by, or at the expense of, or furnished by persons
other than the licensee, if no other consideration than the furnishing
of the program and the costs incidental to its production and broadcast
are received by the licensee. The payment of line charges by another
station network, or someone other than the licensee of a noncommercial
educational FM broadcast station, or general contributions to the
operating costs of a station, shall not be considered as being
prohibited by this paragraph.
(d) Each station shall furnish a nonprofit and noncommercial broadcast
service. Noncommercial educational FM broadcast stations are subject to
the provisions of § 73.1212 to the extent they are applicable to the
broadcast of programs produced by, or at the expense of, or furnished
by others. No promotional announcement on behalf of for profit entities
shall be broadcast at any time in exchange for the receipt, in whole or
in part, of consideration to the licensee, its principals, or
employees. However, acknowledgements of contributions can be made. The
scheduling of any announcements and acknowledgements may not interrupt
(e) Mutually exclusive applications for noncommercial educational radio
stations operating on reserved channels will be resolved pursuant to
the point system in subpart K.
Note to § 73.503: Commission interpretation on this rule, including the
acceptable form of acknowledgements, may be found in the Second Report
and Order in Docket No. 21136 (Commission Policy Concerning the
Noncommercial Nature of Educational Broadcast Stations), 86 FCC 2d 141
(1981); the Memorandum Opinion and Order in Docket No. 21136, 90 FCC 2d
895 (1982), and the Memorandum Opinion and Order in Docket 21136, 97
FCC 2d 255 (1984). See also, “Commission Policy Concerning the
Noncommercial Nature of Educational Broadcast Stations,” Public Notice,
7 FCC Rcd 827 (1992), which can be retrieved through the Internet at
(Secs. 4, 5, 303, 48 Stat., as amended, 1066, 1068, 1082 (47 U.S.C.
154, 155, 303))
[ 28 FR 13651 , Dec. 14, 1963, as amended at 35 FR 7558 , May 15, 1970; 47 FR 36178 , Aug. 19, 1982; 49 FR 29069 , July 18, 1984; 63 FR 33877 , June
22, 1998; 65 FR 36378 , June 8, 2000]
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