Statement of REC Networks in regards to LPFM.AG's Petition for Rulemaking filing.

Dave Solomon's Low Power FM Advocacy Group (LPFM.AG) has filed their Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC.  If the FCC decides to assign a rulemaking number and move it forward for comments, it may take a month based on how long it took to move REC's LP-250 petition that became RM-11749. 

First LPFM Construction Permits Expire

On January 15, 2014, the FCC granted the first 107 of what is currently 1,875 construction permit grants.  Here we are, just over 18 months later and we have seen the first construction permits expire.  With a total of 144 grants made on January 15 & 16, 2014 with expiration dates of July 15 & 16, 2015 respectively, only five construction permits have lapsed:

REC celebrates 31st anniversary - Launches REC EZforms and an insane introductory offer

On July 20, 1984, REC Networks started as California Comments, a recorded telephone service that provided "talk radio over the phone".  Over the years, REC would go on to  recording over 200 audio "output" programs for the phone lines as well as  interactive voice "chat" services.  In the late 90s, REC would start advocating for  a citizen's right to access the airwaves.  Today, REC Networks is going strong as one of the leading forces in LPFM providing advocacy, professional services and technology solutions. 

FCC decides in Orange County MX, clarifies LCRA interpretation

The FCC has made a decision in the Orange County, CA MX Group #34 which involved four LPFM stations seeking to operate on 104.7 in Orange County and nearby Corona, California. 

Within this group, two of the applicants had filed a time share agreement to aggregate their points.

A Petition to Deny was filed by LC Media, LP.  LC Media is the licensee of two full-power co-channel stations on 104.7.  All 4 LPFM applicants are the appropriate distances from the full power stations.  

RM-11749: FCC taking comments on REC's LP-250 proposal

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Public Notice announcing a rulemaking number for REC's LP-250 proposal.  Comments are now being accepted between now and June 15, 2015.  

Comments can be filed through the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System or through their simplified ECFS Express system. 

Items proposed in RM-11749 include:

  • The ability for existing LPFM stations to upgrade LP-250 based on technical availability without geographic restrictions such as those proposed in previous versions of LP-250.
  • Allowing minor moves up to 11.1 km for LP-100 stations and up to 14.1 km for LP-250 stations. 
  • Removing the contour overlap requirement for LPFM commonly-owned FM translators.
  • Add additional protections for LPFM stations in respect to FM translators.
  • Relief for the local programming requirement for LPFM stations on time share agreements.

For more information on LP-250 and the actual LP-250 proposal, visit