Someone else mentioned it and hope that others can provide more technical insight to suggesting that CC turn off 101.7 all together and physically move 101.5 up to the Boston market verses it being in the Providence market. Is it possible to amend the Table of Allocations to have 101.5 licensed to Needham, or Dedham for example with a transmitter at FM128? Would they have to protect WCIB and WGIR, how much protection would there have be to protect WWHQ, also on 101.5 up in the Lakes region of N.H?
You can't delete WFNX from the table of allotments. You'd be taking away the theoretical "first local fm service" to the community of Lynn. That's of course in addition to the other technical considerations. You can't just pick up a B and move it from Providence to Boston. There are a lot of first and second adjacents to protect beyond WFNX.
It's a little more complex than that. WFNX is actually the second local service to Lynn (thanks to WLYN), but it doesn't matter whether a station is first, second or 34th local service to its community of license: you can't delete a commercial FM allocation, period. If you hand in the WFNX license, 101.7A Lynn simply becomes an open channel, still protected, and available at auction the next time the FCC auctions off open FM channels.
And even if you could do all that, you still can't put 101.5B in Needham or Dedham or anywhere useful around Boston, since you have to provide 24 km of spacing between WBUR's transmitter in Newton and a theoretical 101.5B facility.
OK...it's a lot
more complex, actually, come to think of it.
The best case scenario for the 101.7 signal would be WWBB going directional to provide a little more wiggle room for WFNX. WCIB will always be a concern, however.
Yup. It's not giving anything away to say that some of the best minds in the FM allocations community are looking extremely closely at what could be done here, and the options are extremely limited at best. There's just too much to protect: IF spacing to WBUR, WWBB and WCIB (and Meredith NH, too) on first-adjacent channels, WGIR-FM on the third-adjacent, and you can't move any of those without affecting even more short-spaced allocations around eastern New England.