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

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). 

New LPFM, NCE and Public Notice rules take effect October 30, 2020 as changes have received OMB approval.

In Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register, the Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on various rule changes involving information collection and/or changes to forms.

19-311: FCC adopts Report and Order to permit all-digital AM broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission has voted 5-0 today to adopt a Report and Order in MB Docket 19-311 for all-digital AM broadcasting. 

In the circulation draft, released three weeks prior to today’s meeting, the order calls for the ability for AM stations to voluntarily switch to an all digital operation using the Xperi (Ibiquity) HD Radio MA3 standard of in-band on-channel (IBOC) broadcasting.

Updated: REC Advisory Letter #1: LPFM stations carrying network programming from "Relevant Radio"

Relevant Radio” is the brand name of a radio service operated by Immaculate Heart Radio (IHR).  Relevant Radio is a 24-hour Catholic programming service that provides a noncommercial programming source to affiliated stations across the country as well as through digital delivery.  IHR, operating as Relevant Radio, Inc. owns several dozen full-service AM and FM broadcast stations and has been commended in the past by REC for preserving the legacy call letters of the stations that they acquire, including the infamous KHJ, Los Angeles.  A couple of years ago, IHR had converted their stations from noncommercial educational to commercial and in their markets have been selling time.  This, while maintaining a noncommercial stream for affiliated stations not owned by IHR. 

Statement of REC Networks

In order to protect the integrity of the LPFM service by preventing commercial influence through speculation and “shadow ownership” (control of a station by an undisclosed third party), REC has filed Informal Objections against applications where it was supsected that speculative behavior was taking place. In other words, a single party filing for multiple facilities with the intention of either building a radio network or to sell the permits to other parties for a profit. 

REC Statement: Nomination of Nathan Simington to FCC

With the upcoming vacancy on the Federal Communications Commission as a result of the end of Commissioner O’Rielly’s term that has not been renewed by the President, the current administration has the right to nominate someone to serve as a Commissioner at the FCC.  It is important to remember that the Commission consists of two members from the majority party and two from the minority party and the Chairman, who reflects the majority party at the time.

REC Statement: Application fees- Amateur Radio before RAYBAUM'S

There continues to be confusion in the Amateur Radio community on how we reached this point with proposed application fees in the Amateur Radio Service.  Some have said that an "exemption for Amateur Radio was removed with RAY BAUM'S". That both is correct and incorrect.  You need to understand the 1986 law and the progress from then to the enactment of RAY BAUM'S. 

Here is some clarification on the way it used to be.  Prior to RAY BAUMS, Public Law 99-272, which was enacted in 1986 stated in Section 158 of the Communications Act, that the Commission shall charge application fees.  Those fees were listed as a fixed table. Amateur Radio was not included as a price point.

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