Statement of REC Networks, Michelle Bradley regarding the draft "PIRATE Act".
You may have heard about a bill that may be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, the "Preserving Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement" or PIRATE Act. This draft bill has been presented to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommitee on Communications & Technology by Rep Leonard Lance (R-NJ) on March 22, 2018. For those of us who are familiar with the recent history of broadcast regulation, the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) has been very vocal and has been a staunch opponent of LPFM. Through the influence of the NJBA, the so called "New Jersey Rule" was placed into the Local Community Radio Act of 2010. Under the New Jersey Rule, full-service FM stations in New Jersey can object to LPFM stations in a similar manner that they can oppose FM translators under §74.1204 of the rules. In the 2013 LPFM window, no New Jersey full-service broadcast station filed such a protest. It is possible though they can still object to modifications. So, yes, New Jersey has a strong broadcast lobby.