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REC Statement: Univision complaint against Iglesia Alfa y Omega/KYEB-LP

REC supports Univision's complaint against KYEB-LP.  If the allegations made in the complaint are true, this is a serious violation of the FCC Rules, puts the integrity of LPFM at risk and strains the relationship between LPFM and the full-service broadcast industry.

The alleged actions of KYEB-LP are not representative of the LPFM service as a whole.

While Univision alludes to the REC Informal Objection against 246 Cesar Guel-assisted applications, we wish to point out that Iglesia Alfa y Omega was not included in that objection because the original application for Iglesia Alfa y Omega was not handled through Antonio Cesar Guel and/or Hispanic Christian Community Network but rather by another consultant.  Guel/HCCN was involved in a subsequent minor modification.  

FCC dismisses more Cesar Guel LPFM applications

So far as of this writing, the FCC has dismissed applications that were filed by Antonio Cesar Guel for new LPFM stations in San Antonio, Jacksonville, Lufkin TX, Columbia SC, Lake Charles LA and McAllen TX.

These dismissals were as a result of the Commission investigating the addresses that these applicants claimed as their headquarters.  In these cases, the Commission used public records to determine the property owners (which were mainly churches) and these property owners verified that these organizations were never headquarted at these locations.  As a result, the Commission determined that the applicant did not meet the requirements of §73.853(b)(1).  Since the same addresses were used for the board members, these addresses were dismissed for the purpose of establishing 75% of the organization's board members are local in accordance with §73.853(b)(2).  Since the localism requirements were not met, the applicant is not qualified to be an LPFM licensee and thus, the application was dimissed.

Today's decisions did bring two issues to light:

REC is filing another round of informal objections against Cesar Guel

What started at 246 applications that were filed by Antonio Cesar Guel during the 2013 LPFM filing window has now dwindled down to 85.  Many applications were dismissed at the request of Guel or due to FCC action.  Applications in North Carlolina and Texas were dismissed as a result of investigations and supplemental filings by REC.  

Through investigations, REC has cleared 19 applicants that were determined to be existing organizations and as a result, these applicants have received grants. 

In the latest wave of objections, REC is investigating the so-called "HEFF" applications.  These are the applications with a city name and then a common name such as "_____ Community Radio", "_______ Hispanic Church", "_____ Hispanic Educational Family Fundation" (or HEFF), etc.  

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