REC Networks has released a new version of FCCdata.org for June, 2018. This new version incorporates portions of the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) data. While much of this data deals with satellite and common carrier services, there are a couple of broadcast related functions this database will bring into FCCdata.org.
Today, REC has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission to make long overdue improvements to the Low Power FM (LPFM) service, offer relief and upgrade opportunities to existing stations and set the stage for a future filing window. Key aspects of the petition include:
In a single letter decision published in the FCC Daily Digest, Albert Shuldiner, Chief of the Audio Division of the Media Bureau has dismissed or denied all 994 of the Informal Objections filed against various types of FM translator applications including short forms, new application long forms and modifications.
Prometheus et al has withdrawn their informal objection against 7 more translator applications. REC calls upon Prometheus et al for now to withdraw their objections on all translators that were originally licensed prior to January 29, 2016.
Section §73.215 of the FCC rules was first created in 1989. In the original Report and Order, the FCC summarized it as "rules that permit an applicant for a commercial FM broadcast station to request the authorization of a transmitter site that would be nominally short-spaced to other co-channel or adjacent channel stations, provided the service of those other licensees is protected from interference in accordance with well established criteria. The maximum amount of short-spacing is limited by the amount of separation specified for the next smaller size station class."