Due to the upcoming major REC systems changes and a considerable backlog, we are advising that any requests into REC may encounter a delay. Things will start letting up after the Memorial Day weekend after the IT work is completed, but we anticipate being in this delayed operation for awhile longer. If you have any questions about an FCC policy or operational question, please first check the FAQ on the REC website. Email is the best way to reach us right now. If you are inquiring on an application we are handling, please make sure the 4 digit REC order number is in the subject line. Urgent requests involving filing deadlines, expiring permits and 312(g) related issues will take priority. Thank you for your understanding.
NCE WIndow - Application details and MX predictions can be found at recnet.com/window

REC LPFM Advisory Letter #12 - Sunset of Analog Low Power TV Channel 6 Operations and Future Protection of Digital TV Channel 6 LPTV Stations (Updated 7/16/21)

July 13, 2021 was the final day for analog low power TV (LPTV) stations. A few LPTV stations in remote Alaskan villages were given authority to continue analog service until a time when those sites can be reached to convert to digital.

This also means that the so-called “Franken FM” (or “FM6”) stations (channel 6 LPTV stations that are using their audio carrier at 87.75 MHz to operate like an FM radio station) are also supposed to shut down.

RM-11909: REC addresses EMF/ABC concerns and praises the work of local LPFMs

REC Networks filed Reply Comments in the Simple250 Petition for Rulemaking, RM-11909.

In the comments, REC mirrors many of the supporting comments that were filed by LPFM stations across the country and focused on how LPFM stations are connected to their community as well as dealing with the technical challenges that stations face, especially where it comes to terrain.

REC also responded to filers that made oppositions and concerns about the LP250 proposal.

REC Networks endorses the American Music Fairness Act

For several decades now, radio stations have been exempt by statute from having to pay royalties for playing sound recordings over the air.  This was from a time when radio stations actually promoted music over the air.  Over time, this trend in radio had shifted in this country.  Gone are the days of the "boss jock" or the "good guy" who would not only announce the song, but even say what label the song was on.  Music on the radio has become more institutionalized, especially in the face of streaming services that have no DJs and allows you to skip songs that you don't like.

21-263: FCC proposes minor rule changes to fix inconsistencies, harmonize Class D

The Federal Communications Commission has released a circulation draft for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in MB Docket 21-263, which eliminates or modifies some outmoded or unnecessary broadcast regulations as well as harmonizes some rules to be consistent with other rules and previously updated international agreements. This item will be voted on or before the next FCC Open Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 13.

REC Open Letter to Developers: Census Data for 2021 NCE Filing Window

This open letter is for individuals and companies that are in the business of developing software applications used in the processing of FM broadcast construction permit applications.

FCC upholds 19-193 decision.. including “Complex 250” : "Simple 250" not impacted.

In an Order on Reconsideration, the FCC has upheld all of the decisions made in their 2020 Report and Order in MB Docket 19-193.  The 19-193 decision made several changes to the LPFM rules, including:

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Revised Statement of REC Networks: RadioWorld LPFM article published June 14, 2021

On June 14, 2021, RadioWorld published an article with the headline "FCC Seems To Affirm 100-Watt LPFM Limit".  The article suggested that despite the fact that the FCC had brought REC's Simple250 proposal to Public Notice that the suggestion that Acting Chairwoman Janet Rosenworcel's comments in her personal blog that the upcoming action on the Order on Reconsideration bringing "finality to the rules" would render Simple250 "dead in the water".

REC LPFM Advisory Letter #11 - LP250 Upgrade: Technical Planning Considerations for LPFM Stations

With the recent public notice by the FCC, placing the latest REC LP-250 Petition for Rulemaking, “Simple250” to public comment as RM-11909, there has been an increased excitement within the community of the prospect that someday, many LPFM stations would be able to increase to 250 watts ERP (or its >30 meter HAAT equivalent).

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