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03-185: REC calls for sunset of Franken FM, major reductions in TV protection by FM and calls for LPFM instead of full-service on 87.9

REC Networks has filed Reply Comments with the FCC on MB Docket 03-185.  This docket is mainly related to the continued operations of Low Power TV (LPTV) stations that insert an analog FM carrier at 87.75 and are marketed as a radio station.  This is sometimes called "FM6" or "Franken FM".  

REC files Petition for Rulemaking to extend the FM band down to 76 MHz

WIDE-FM logoToday, REC Networks, a leading advocate for a diverse dial, has filed a Petition for Rulemaking to introduce WIDE-FM.  WIDE-FM is a comprehensive plan to create 60 new FM channels in the 76 to 88 MHz spectrum on a shared basis primary full-service and Class A TV stations as well as with foreign TV stations operating on RF Channels 5 and 6. 

03-185: REC calls for the sunset of FM6 (Franken FM) operations and supports elimination of FM to TV6 protection requirements

In comments to the Federal Communications Commission, REC Networks, a leading advocate for a diverse dial has called for the sunset of analog audio services provided by some Low Power TV (LPTV) channel 6 stations, sometimes referred to as FM6 or by a more pejorative term, "Franken FM", as well as calling for the elimination of the requirement that FM broadcast stations on 88.1~91.9 MHz provide adjacent channel protections to TV facilities on RF Channel 6.

03-185: Comments filed in this proceeding.

Updated 7/20/2022 08:00 ET

This is a working document that provides a brief outline of what organizations are saying in their comments on MB Docket 03-185.  This document is used internally by REC to compile information for the consideration of Reply Comments and we will share this document with the public.

This document is active and will be periodically updated as new comments come in.

REC, NAB, NPR, HD Radio and broadcasters express their concerns about using boosters for geo-targeted advertising

The comment period has closed in MB Docket 20-402 in the Geo-Targeted Booster proceeding.  In this specific comment period, the FCC wanted comments related to the recent testing of Geo Broadcast Systems (GBS) "zone-casting" system based on the reports submitted by GBS.  The tests were conducted at KSJO, San Jose, California and WRBJ-FM, Brandon Mississippi.  The following is a brief summary of the comments, both supporting and opposing, regarding zone-casting and the recent tests.

REC Position: LPFM operation at ERP greater than 250 watts

With the recent news that the FCC will be cracking the door open slightly on the possibility of the use of Channel 6 spectrum (82~88 MHz) for use by FM broadcasting, there has been a lot of buzz on social media and the discussion boards related to LPFM.  We have heard comments from people wanting dedicated channels for LPFM stations as well as increased power for LPFM stations, such as 500 or 1,000 watts for stations in this spectrum.  

FCC to consider ongoing operation of existing FM6/Franken FMs, Expanded FM Band and Elimination of Reserved Band Protection Requirements

At the June FCC Open Meeting, the Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MB Docket 03-185 in regards to Low Power TV (LPTV) stations operating on Channel 6 that provide an analog FM radio service on 87.75 MHz.  REC and the FCC refer to these as "FM6" stations and they are commonly referred to as "Franken FM" stations.  The FCC is also considering changes that would eliminate the reserved band FM Channel 6 protection requirements and to extend the FM broadcast band to 82.1 MHz in areas where no channel 6 operations are taking place.

FCC to move more radio filings to LMS on May 17, 2022

The FCC has announced that over a dozen different types of filings that were done previously in CDBS and temporarily on "paper" (email notification), as well as some new filing types will be able to be done electronically through LMS starting on May 17, 2022. 

These application types include:

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