FCCdata June, 2018 release adds new "border blaster" §325c permits and shortwave stations

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.

§325(c) Reports

Section 325(c) of the Communications Act, sometimes referred to as the "border blaster" act requires that FCC approval is obtained by any U.S.-based organization wishing to deliver programming to a foreign broadcast station intended for rebroadcast back into the United States. There are a significant number of Mexican radio and television stations along the border, especially near San Diego/Tijuana that are receiving programming from the United States, mainly in English for delivery back to the US side. Section 325(c) reports normally show the nature of the programming being delivered. The 325(c) data will include a link to the Commission's "MyIBFS" public access lookup so a full application can be reviewed.

International High Frequency Broadcast Stations

Subpart F of Part 73 of the FCC rules allows for international broadcast stations. International broadcast stations operate on the shortwave bands and are intended for listening by people outside of the USA. IHF was originally handled in the former Mass Media Bureau before it was moved to the International Bureau. Some older information about these stations has been available on FCCdata as that data was carried over in the BAPS conversion to CDBS in 1999. Using the new shortwave functionality in FCCdata, users can view information on a specific shortwave station by entering their call letters on the normal broadcast station tab. Information will include basic license information, history of previous filings in IBFS and CDBS/BAPS. Users can access the full IBFS filing by clicking on a link for the application on the page.

In addition, we have incorporated data from the High Frequency Coordination Council (HFCC) which will allow you to view the frequency schedules for each station. It will show the days and times of operation (in coordinated universal time), the frequency, power, antenna direction, target areas and language(s) of the broadcast.

For a list of IHF stations and links to their listings in FCCdata, visit https://recnet.com/ihf

IBFS data for 325(c) and IHF are rarely updated but we will put this update on a once-weekly schedule. HFCC changes their schedule twice a year however, it has been known to change mid-season. HFCC will be a manual update.

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