Mutual can assist all NCE radio applicants including:
SINGLETON (unopposed application) will be Accepted for Filing and can receive a CP shortly after the 30-day Petitions to Deny time elapses. Mutual can file any modifications (i.e., better tower site), recommend equipment and installers, and file the License to Cover when you go on the air!
MUTUAL EXCLUSIVE. Analyze situation and determine if you should be the “winner” under the complex Points System. Assist in negotiations with MX groups, prepare Settlement Agreements, and file with FCC. Respond to inquiries or petitions from the FCC or the opposing groups.
(a) Presumed Winner – If Mutual determines that you could win, persuade the opposing groups they will ultimately lose so they should settle now. You will be expected to pay all the filing / engineering / legal fees of these groups. Commission ruiles forbid you from paying more than “reimbursement of outside fees.” they incurred.
(b) Presumed Loser – If Mutual believes you will lose, we will recommend that you “sell out” to one of the opposing applicants. The selling price can not be more than what you paid outside suppliers for engineering, legal, and settlement services.
(c) Trade – Applicants can trade, i.e. “I will withdraw in Albany if you withdraw in Valdosta.” (However, it is not quite that simple.)
As you can see this process is complex, the competition is fierce, and the “MX matrix” probably starts in Seattle and ends in Key West. Mutual services include negotiations, filings, and related phone calls, emails, and mailing of documents. (Personal meetings and travel not included.)
Clients will be expected to participate in conference calls and joint emails as appropriate since the client will ultimately decide who to settle with and under what terms. Extended legal battles should be avoided.
Handling negotiations between organizations who each filed in several cities (up to ten) is like playing several games of chess at the same time. Mutual looks forward to assisting with even the most complex settlements.
Resources / Documentation:
FCC opens window to expedite grant of new NCE FM CPs.