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Reminder from the FCC regarding the upcoming EAS National Test

As we are all preparing for next week’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) on September 20th, just a reminder to broadcasters and cable providers not to air the audio attention signal for WEA or the EAS during any news coverage of the test.  Any transmission, including broadcast, of the WEA or EAS attention signals or codes, or a simulation of them, under any circumstances other than a genuine alert, authorized test, or approved public service announcement violates the Commission’s rules and undermines the important public safety pr

(updated) 18-119: REC aligns with LPFM Coalition on most translator interference issues

REC Networks has filed Reply Comments with the FCC today in MB Docket 18-119 relating to proposed changes to the rules regarding interference by proposed or newly constructed FM translator stations to existing broadcast stations including LPFM stations. 

In REC's reply, we have aligned with many of the comments filed by the LPFM Coalition in regards to various issues including:

REC commends Prometheus and MMP on appeal of FCC "Broadcast Incubator" decision

REC Networks is all about a citizen's access to spectrum.  This means assuring that new entrants are able to enter into broadcasting for the first time.  While the FCC's "Broadcast Incubator" program was touted to do just that, it is not.  Instead, it is an underhanded method of allowing large corporate broadcasters a "free-pass" on the local ownership caps under the guise of a "mentorship" program.  While we support "big" broadcasters providing mentorship to upstarts, a "free-pass" on the ownership cap is not the appropriate reward where a more appropriate reward could be consideration suc

A national organization for LPFMs? (2018 edition)

Editorial of Michelle Bradley, founder of REC Networks.

I know this topic comes up every year and I would not be surprised if its brought up again at this year's GRC.  Why doesn't LPFM have a national association?  It’s simple, LPFM is an FCC defined radio service for a type of station that has a service contour of 5.6 km and has reduced regulations in an effort to bring more established non-profit organizations that would not otherwise be in broadcasting into the medium. 

REC to FCC: Class C4 must have minimal impacts to LPFM, §73.215 proposal devastating to LPFM and AM Revitalization

REC Networks has filed comments today in MB Docket 18-184, the FCC's Notice of Inquiry based on the SSR Communications petition that would create a new FM service class C4 (12 kW at 100m HAAT, available only in FM Zone II) and would make a change to §73.215 to allow an applicant station to be able to use contours in addition to distance separation in order for the applicant station to upgrade service class (i.e.

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