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FCC votes early to adopt MB Docket 19-193

Somtimes this happens.  Prior to the August 1 open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to adopt the LPFM technical Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket 19-193.  

19-193: FCC adopts NPRM on LPFM technical changes

In advance of the August 1, 2019 FCC Open Meeting, the Commission has adopted the LPFM technical Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket 19-193.  This item is expected to include the following proposed changes:

RM-11846 Fact Sheet: Rural smaller NCE stations

What this petition will do:

  • This petition opens up an opportunity for over 2,000 local communities that are currently shut out from having local noncommercial educational broadcast services to be able to obtain the ability to construct and operate a broadcast facility that is “right-sized” for their community.
  • This petition provides the assurances to the local communities that their allocation is primary and is not subject to displacement based on the application activity of larger stations, such as those in the urbanized area.
  • This petition will provide first aural service to smaller qualified communities while continuing to honor the Commission’s mandate to fair and equitable distribution of licenses among the states and communities.

FCC assigns REC's rural NCE petition RM-11846

The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice announcing a Petition for Rulemaking from REC Networks and has assigned in RM-11846.

In this Petition for rulemaking, REC is asking for relief for rural communities that currently do not have any radio broadcast stations licensed to them in order to obtain a new lower-powered broadcast station in the upcoming filing window for NCE stations. 

Rant from Riverton: Why can't LPFM have nice things?

No. It’s not because of the NAB or NPR.  It’s because of the LCRA.

Greetings from a very hot weekend.  The heat index right now is 109. It’s Saturday. The Yankees are up 9-nil over the Rockies at the end of 4 innings.  It’s just too hot to do much else.  Welcome to the Riverton summer from Hell. 

18-119: Statement of REC Networks on LPFM/C Petition for Reconsideration

In the Petition for Reconsideration filed by The LPFM Coalition (LPFM/C) in MB Docket 18-119, the translator interference proceeding, LPFM/C raises some very excellent points in respect to the decisions made by the Commission in the proceeding. 

While FM translators must protect existing LPFM stations using prohibited overlap, it is REC's position that the disparity between LPFM's use of distance separation and FM translator use of the contour model does raise an LCRA Section 5 issue where translators are overprotected by LPFM stations by as much as 10 times the area that they are entitled to in cases where a translator's directional pattern can be used to protect an LPFM but LPFM stations must protect a translator as they are a non-directional facility.  

Rant from Riverton: My thoughts on the LPFM NPRM

The FCC has finally made public, the draft of the "technical NPRM" that I had been hearing about.  The NPRM (notice of proposed rulemaking) will be considered at the FCC's August 1, 2019 open meeting.  Let's take a look at what we may be getting so far...

19-193: FCC proposes some technical changes to LPFM, eliminates Channel 6 protection requirements, avoids addressing the real issues facing LPFM stations for the sake of simplicity and to avoid controversy.

The Federal Communications Commission has released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to propose several technical changes to the Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service, many of these changes were originally proposed by REC Networks and were subject to public comment in the past.

As part of a regular policy that has been put into place at the FCC since Ajit Pai has been Chairman, draft releases of agenda items being considered at the upcoming open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission are made public.

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