2021 NCE Window: What's next in the process? (updated 5/2/22)

As we proceed through the aftermath of the 2021 NCE Filing Window, some may be asking, how long it is going to take for the FCC to start granting applications.  If we attempt to compare to the 2007 NCE window, it may be a challenge to compare since the 2007 window was much more enormous in scale.  In 2007, the FCC received over 3,000 applications, which resulted in the establishment of 457 groups of mutually exclusive (MX) applications.  By comparison, in the 2021 window, the FCC received 1,282 applications, resulting in 231 MX groups.

REC Position: Those with a "pirate past" directing existing LPFM stations

Let’s be up front on one issue before we continue, many years ago, REC issued a position statement about unlicensed operation of a broadcast station, commonly referred to as “pirate radio”.

REC conducts document audit on NCE MX groups in point system

Between February 4 and February 9, 2022, REC Networks (REC) conducted an exercise where in order to better predict the potential winners of mutually exclusive (MX) groups from the 2021 NCE Filing Window (Window), we reviewed applications that were subject to comparative review in the point system.  As such, we examined documents provided in order to support claims for the established local presence, diversity and state-wide network points.  If we had found a lack of supporting documentation or documentation contrary to the points being claimed, we would reject those claims in our system, note the reason for the rejection of those claims, re-compare the group and in some cases, select a new potential winner.

CDBS one step closer to retirement

The Federal Communications Commission has announced today that effective Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 5PM ET, electronic filings in the Commission's Centralized Database System (CDBS) will no longer be accepted.  This is the next step in the overall retirement of CDBS.  On September 25, 2019, the FCC moved all FM broadcast engineering applications from CDBS to LMS and on November 18, 2020, the FCC moved assignments of license and transfer of control applications from CDBS to LMS

LPFM Annual Inventory completed

REC has completed the annnual inventory of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast stations.  The results of the inventory can be found at LPFM.us.  LPFM stations should check their listing and if there are any corrections, or we were not able to find any information and you have that information, please use the form link at the bottom of that page in order to send your updates to REC.  They will be added once confirmed.

REC Networks returns to normal operations on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Thank you for your patience during the holidays.  Please have a good and safe 2022!

 

REC's annual LPFM station inventory is in high gear

Our year end tradition is under way.  We go through and try to find each LPFM station through their internet presence so they can be fully listed at LPFM.us: The Official LPFM Station Directory

Our search through each state in alphabetical order.  

Statement of REC Networks: Death of Jeremy Ruck, PE, WM9C

I was deeply saddened to read the news in RadioWorld over the weekend about the death of Jeremy Ruck PE, WM9C.  While I did not know him personally, his name could be found on many broadcast applications.  Jeremy was very highly respected in the broadcast community and was a

21-346: REC highlights LPFM/small station capabilities during disasters, opposes mandatory DIRS reporting and backup power requirements, demands non-discrimination during emergencies by State Broadcasters Associations

REC Networks has filed comments with the FCC on the Resilient Networks proceeding, PS Docket 21-346.   The proceeding addresses the availability of communications infrastructure, including wireless services, broadband, cable, satellite and broadcasting during widespread disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires.

REC outlined the service that some LPFM stations have performed during such episodes including WQRZ-LP during Hurricane Katrina and KBUU-LP during the Woolsey Fire of 2018.

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