The Media Bureau and full Commission actions of the past 24 hours only demonstrate that the LPFM rules are broken and also that the agency is unwilling to enforce certain sections of the Communications Act when it is inconvenient or, like in this case, they were called out on it.
I am very disappointed by the Audio Division's decision on the Petition for Reconsideration filed by Vida Abundante, the licensee of first-generation LPFM station KJVA-LP, San Bernardino, CA regarding interference by second-generation station KHSH-LP, Redlands. Instead of thinking outside the box and running some simple contours (like I did below), the Bureau fell back on a regulation that has been rarely applied in the broadcast context and dismissed the petition because it did not contain some kind of engineering affadavit.
I'm already seeing questions being posted asking how the new administration is going to impact LPFM and radio in general.
I do feel that broadcast radio is very bipartisan in nature because we all have something to gain from it. Some worry that the new administration will put tighter controls on the media. Despite previous statements by the president-elect made during the campaign, the first amendment protects our press freedom and our right to free speech. The administration and Congress should realize it was because of these freedoms that we enjoy that they are or are going to be in office.