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REC files Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC to further implement the LCRA and make other improvements to LPFM.

Today, REC has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission to make long overdue improvements to the Low Power FM (LPFM) service, offer relief and upgrade opportunities to existing stations and set the stage for a future filing window.  Key aspects of the petition include:

FCC denies all Prometheus et al informal objections against translator applications

In a single letter decision published in the FCC Daily Digest, Albert Shuldiner, Chief of the Audio Division of the Media Bureau has dismissed or denied all 994 of the Informal Objections filed against various types of FM translator applications including short forms, new application long forms and modifications.

§73.215 Fact Sheet: What LPFMs Need To Know

Section §73.215 of the FCC rules was first created in 1989.  In the original Report and Order, the FCC summarized it as "rules that permit an applicant for a commercial FM broadcast station to request the authorization of a transmitter site that would be nominally short-spaced to other co-channel or adjacent channel stations, provided the service of those other licensees is protected from interference in accordance with well established criteria.  The maximum amount of short-spacing is limited by the amount of separation specified for the next smaller size station class."

Statement of REC Networks: Nomination of Geoffrey Starks to the Federal Communications Commission

"Mignon Clyburn left a legacy at the FCC.  She was a champion of spectrum access for women, racial minorities and other oppressed minority groups.  She defended net neutrality to her final breath on the 8th floor.  Those are some really big shoes to fill.

While we don't know much about Geoffrey Starks' positions on various issues that would impact a citizen's access to spectrum including LPFM, amateur radio, broadcast ownership, AM revitalization or on major consumer issues such as network neutrality, we do know that he is currently a Assistant Bureau Chief at the FCC's Enforcement Bureau which may come in handy to address various issues such as the proliferation of illegal broadcast transmitters being sold by Amazon.com and the commercial pirate radio problems in New York and South Florida. 

In the coming weeks, we should know where he stands on issues.  Sometime after his confirmation, I hope to be in DC to meet with him or his staff so we can get him up to speed on the issues that are important to the REC advocacy and constituency.  

I look forward to learning more about Mr. Starks and I wish him the best of luck with the confirmation process."