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Advisory from REC regarding filing LMS modification applications for LPFM.

During testing of the new LMS application entry for construction permit modifications for LPFM stations, we have noticed that LMS is calculating height above average terrain incorrectly.  This can result in the application being given a higher or lower HAAT than what would be appropirate. This has been reported to staff. 

[updated] LMS for FM.. just a little bit late coming out of the starting gate

Updated 9/25/2019 at 5:15PM: REC has received word from FCC Staff that LMS is functional now.  

Whenever a big corporation makes a systems conversion or update, it's their "big day" and sometimes that "big day" turns into a big problem such as what happened in 1990 when a bad release by DSC Communications caused a massive failure in the nation's Signaling System 7 (SS7) network bringing telephone calls to a nearly complete halt or regional issues such as the conversion of an ordering system used by USWEST Communications in the late 90s which prevented customer orders for several days before having to be backed-out and retried at a later date.  

Today, Wednesday, September 25, 2019 was supposed to be the FCC's "big day" in the Media Bureau. 

REC/RRPA position statement on "Pacifica Restructuring Project"

There is currently a petition being circulated to make some major changes on the board of directors at Pacifica Foundation.  This board includes representatives from all Pacifica-owned stations (KPFA, KPFK, WPFW, WBAI and KPFT).  Starting recently, the board also has representatives of the Pacifca affiliates.  These are the many LPFM and full-service FM community stations that promote the Pacifica Mission through the airing of programming and through the submission of programming to other affiliates.  

The current plan would completely gut the board, including those who I know, who are working hard to "fix" Pacifica from the inside.  This current plan also eliminates the local station boards which are the voices who represent the unique cultural needs of each of the 5 Pacifica-owned stations. 

Rant from Riverton: My take on the Saga saga

One piece of advice that I have been giving LPFM stations for quite awhile is to remind them that as renewals are coming up, they need to make sure they are complying with the rules because their dialmates are likely taking notes.

Now with the Petition to Deny period open on the first wave of broadcast renewals, we are starting to see the first signs of that note-taking that I warned about.

FCC proposes changes to public notices and renewal announcements while eliminating a major cost barrier to new-entrant LPFMs/NCEs

For the upcoming meeting on September 26, 2019, the FCC has released a draft of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in MB Docket 17-264.  This rulemaking, initiated as a result of the Media Modernization proceeding (MB Docket 17-105) addresses the current issues faced by broadcasters with the issue around public notices in §73.3580 of the rules. 

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