REC Operations Update: September 8, 2021
Effective September 8, 2021 and until further notice.
Due to the demand currently bring received in relation to the upcoming 2021 NCE Filing Window, we are putting some operational procedures into place to assure that all incoming work at REC is processed in a semi-orderly fashion.
At this time, we are not providing any live answer telephone support for anything other than 2021 NCE Filing Window applicants that have previously engaged REC and are currently at Stage 2 of our processes. While we are accepting incoming voice mail, calls will be returned on an availability basis only. If we already have your email address, you may receive a response to your phone call via email.
If you have specific questions, please use the following methods:
- Check the REC website, especially the Frequently Asked Questions to see if your question has been answered.
- If you have access to the Facebook "LPFM" and/or "LPFM Tech Advice" groups, please ask your question there (if it is a general question and not station specific).
You may still ask questions through email, however, there may be a delay in the response. We strongly suggest that before emailing, that you check the REC website, including our frequenty asked questions to see if the question has been answered there already.
New requests for the NCE Window
Our process for handling NCE Window requests happens in 5 different stages:
- Stage 1: Initial show of interest and preliminary review.
- Stage 2: Second facility review, evaluation and rate quote.
- Stage 3: After payment (or partial payment), finalizing the proposed technical facility.
- Stage 4: Working on the administrative aspect of the organization.
- Stage 5: Preparation of forms and documents for filing.
For all Show of Interest requests received after August 31, we will be holding those requests at Stage 1. This will allow us to finish the existing workload still at Stage 2 and get them to Stage 3 as well as start securing the facility data for stage 3. As we get our existing clients through Stage 3, we will then start reviewing the Stage 1 requests to take them to Stage 2. Once we get the existing Stage 2/3 requests to Stage 5, then we will send invoices so they can move to Stage 3 and then them through the process.
All show of interest requests must be first validated in the NCE Search and sent through the EZforms. Please no phone calls or emails. To send an NCE Show of Interest, please visit the REC NCE Search Tool and enter your desired transmitter location. If there are potential channels, you will see a button at the bottom of the screen to take you to the EZform to fill out the show of interest. Direct access to the EZform for NCE Show of Interest is no longer available.
We antitipate closing the Show of Interest Form and not taking any new requests after October 8, 2021. We will reevaluate this cut off date as we get further into the process.
Those who put in Show of Interest forms on or after August 31, please be patient if we do not immediately respond to the request. We do have your information.
Please do not make phone calls or emails for NCE window show of interest. Please use the form. Emails and phone calls will only delay the process.
Renewal applications for OR, WA, AK, HI, GU, AS
Requests for LPFM renewals in these states should be attempted in the EZform. If your request does not qualify for EZform (due to current or prior silence, prior violations or for non-LPFM stations), please fill out the form and answer every question like there were no changes. Then, follow up with an email to to explain the issues and please make sure the word "renewal" is in the subject line. We will not be doing anything with renewals until sometime in mid September as renewals are due on October 1.
Please do not make phone calls for renewal requests.
California late renewal applications
Please email to and make sure that the subject line states the request is for a renewal in California.
Auction 109 Long Forms
Winners of Auction 109 needing REC to handle their long form FM construction permit application should email and make sure that "Auction 109" is in the subject line.
LPFM License to Cover and Modify License applications
LPFM stations needing to file a license to cover application or a modification of license application (formerly known as Form 319), these requests can be made through the REC EZforms. Those who used REC for the previous LPFM modification application (which this being covered here) can disregard the price quotes on the EZform.
Requests for new work (modifications, assignments, administrative updates, etc.)
We are accepting requests for new work (no embargo). Please initiate your request by email at . Please note that there is about a 48 to 72 hour turnaround on emails right now.
Applications previously handled by REC
If you need assistance with an application that was already filed by REC (such as needing a license to cover application, consummation notice, etc.), please e-mail REC. If possible, please use the 4-digit ticket number. This is the same number that appears in correspondence from REC ("[REC # XXXXX]").
We are continiuing to monitor the LPFM and LPFM Tech Advice groups on Facebook. General questions not of a station specific manner can be directed there.
We continue to suggest that everyone please follow the REC Networks page on Facebook. This is the best way to get information updates.
Please pardon the inconveniences of these temporary processes as we get through the wave of NCE requests. Hopefully after we get through this wave, things will settle down and we can return to more normal operations.
Thank you for supporting REC!