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REC files comments on Community Broadcast Band proposal

REC replies to a Petition for a Notice of Inquiry for a Community Broadcast Band.

REC has filed comments partially supporting a Petition by the Community Broadcast Band Discussion Group to initatite a Notice of Inquiry into new spectrum for a Community Broadcast Band.

In our comments, we supported the overall concept of a CBB. However we are supporting CBB using more established technologies including our previously proposed Narrowband Community Speech Radio Service (NCSRS) at 26 MHz.

We have also opened the petition to discussion of the NPR-endorsed expansion of the FM broadcast band to include the spectrum of the underutilized TV Channel 6.

FreePage to provide Limited Program Distribution Service in NYC using Pager Frequencies

A licensee of pager services in NYC has been given developmental authority to provide broadcast SCA-like services on pager frequencies.

A company in New York called FreePage has been successful in getting a developmental license to provide a service they call Limited Program Distribution Service (LPDS) in the New York City metropolitan area.

In the order for WT Docket 01-108 , the Commission specifically gave FreePage authority to apply for a Developmental License to provide this programming service in the New York City area on their paging frequencies.

MB 02-376 - REC opposes moving FM station from rural town to metro Tucson

Contraversial case would move an FM station from a rual Arizona town to the Tucson metropolitan area using the name of an Air Force base and using an FCC loophole.

REC has filed comments today in opposition to a allotment counterproposal that would have moved a rural FM station directly into the Tucson metropolitan radio market.

The proposal was made by the owner of KWCX in Willcox, Arizona. The proposal would have changed the city of license of KWCX from Willcox (pop. 3733) to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, just adjacent to the city limits of Tucson (pop. 486,699).

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