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REC files Reply Comments opposing exceptions to NCE application caps while calling for more transparency at the FCC.

On Monday, REC Networks has filed Reply Comments in two FCC proceedings.

In MB Docket 20-343, REC opposed a suggestion by Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the largest licensee of noncommercial educational (NCE) FM broadcast stations operating under the K-Love and Air1 brands, that called for the ability to file unlimited applications outside of the urban markets as long as those proposals do not face any competing applications.

19-310: In support of diversity and listener choice, REC & Music Industry team up to fight FM duplication rule repeal

REC Networks, along with the musicFIRST Coalition and the Future of Music Coalition have filed a Petition for Reconsideration on the Report and Order in the Broadcast Duplication proceeding, MB Docket 19-310, which was a part of Chairman Pai’s Media Modernization Initiative.

20-343: REC promotes a 5 cap and census data equity in NCE window

REC Networks has filed comments with the FCC today on their question regarding application caps in the noncommercial educational (NCE) FM Filing Window in 2021. 

The FCC has proposed a cap of 10 applications being filed by any one entity.  In addition, they also proposed a cap of 10 applications where any specific party to an application can appear.  The latter is to prevent people from filing under different organization names.

Filings in MD Docket 20-270 by major organizations

Due to the high number of very important comments filed by individual amateur radio operators and amateur radio clubs, we are providing this list of comments filed by other entities regarding application fees for all services, including amateur. 

National EBS Association - Educational Broadband Service
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20-270: REC voices opposition to some ham fees, supports new fees for FM translators, auctions

REC Networks has filed Comments with the Federal Communications Commission in MD Docket 20-270.  This FCC proceeding implements a portion of the 2018 RAY BAUM’S Act as it relates to the change in the structure of FCC application fees from a codified schedule to a cost-based method, similar to how regulatory fees are charged.

Commentary: Whomever wins the election wins the FCC

Greetings from Riverton. As we are all waiting for the results of this year’s presidential election, no matter which side you are on, we must also remember that whomever wins this election also wins the FCC.  Commissioners on the FCC are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  Most importantly, the President also designates the FCC Chairman.  This will also steer the direction of where the FCC will go in the next four years. 

FCC made changes to several FM forms.. moving assignments/transfers to LMS effective 11/18

With the recent approval of the information collection and form changes by the Office of Management and Budget, the FCC has made several announcements to state that certain forms will be changing.  Some of these changes are to reflect rule changes in MB Dockets 19-3 and 19-193.  

REC Advisory Letter #3: Lifting of freeze on new DTV allotments may impact LPFM/NCE availability

This REC Advisory Letter is directed to prospective participants in the 2021 NCE Filing Window, potential 2022 LPFM Filing Window as well as existing NCE and LPFM licensees planning minor change applications in the reserved band (88.1~91.9 MHz, channels 201~220). 

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