AM ON FM TRANSLATOR WINDOW: JULY 26~AUGUST 2 ~ More details to follow!!! Stay tuned! Please contact REC for immediate assistance 1-844-732-5736 LPFM APPLICATION FREEZE: JULY 19~AUGUST 2 - Minor changes will not permitted in this period. Please contact REC if your station needs assistance.
GRASSROOTS RADIO CONFERENCE Albany, NY NEW DATES!! OCTOBER 6~9.. Save the date!
REC puts out this reminder to engineers and other parties who are involved with the modification of FM translators to assure that the "note" to §74.1204(a)(4). The note reads:
LP100 stations, to the purposes of determining overlap pursuant to this paragraph, LPFM applications and permits that have not yet been licensed must be considered as operating with the maximum permitted facilities. All LPFM TIS stations must be protected on the basis of a nondirectional antenna.
While §74.1204 does not define a "maximum permitted facility", the same language is used in §73.215(a) (4) to refer to the maximum facilities for full power FM stations in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands which then refers to §73.211(b)(3) which defines the maximum ERP and HAAT for stations in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Citing a phrase in the Local Community Radio Act, REC Networks, through a Petition for Reconsideration in MB Docket 13-249 has asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend one of the FM translator filing windows for AM stations to also include LPFM stations.
According to the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), passed in 2011 and signed by President Obama states that licenses for FM translator stations and low power FM stations are to be assigned "based on community need". REC argues that the FCC did not take into consideration all community needs when moving forward with Commissioner Ajit Pai's method of "revitalizing" the AM broadcast band.
The FCC has issued a Report and Order in MB Docket 14-127 in regards to the public file and political file obligations of radio stations, satellite radio providers (Sirius/XM), direct broadcast satellite providers (DIRECTV & DISH) and cable television providers.
Based on our inquiry to the FCC, it has been confirmed that this Report and Order does not apply to LPFM stations. LPFM stations will continue to keep their political files on paper and as a part of the station records. LPFM stations will not have access to upload public or political file data.
First and foremost, the order does not add any new public file reporting requirements for LPFM stations. LPFM stations are not required to maintain a public file but are required to maintain a political file. (§73.801 and §73.1943)