REC comments on definition of rural radio markets

MB Docket 03-130: Definition of Radio Markets Outside Arbitron Radio Survey Areas

Even though the media concentration rules of the FCC have been overturned, that order did spawn a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to inquire on how markets will be defined in areas outside the areas surveyed by Arbitron.

In our comments, we rebutted the FCC's proposal to use county boundaries to define media markets. REC counterproposed markets that actually reflect the coverage of clusters of stations that serve the same area.

REC defines specific market areas in Southern California and Arizona.

REC files comments on LPFM Third-adjacent channel protection

Supports elimination of third adjacent and limited second adjacent requirements

REC has filed comments with the FCC on the 700+ page report by the MITRE Corporation in respect to third-adjacent channel protection in respect to Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast stations.

This report was ordered by Congress as a part of the passage of the Radio Broadcast Protection Act, the legislation that imposed third adjacent channel restrictions on LPFM stations.

In our comments, we supported the elimination of third adjacent channel restrictions to domestic FM full power and translator stations.

We have addressed several of the issues brought up in the MITRE report.

FCC Opens Settlement Window for MX

Opportunity for Window groups 1, 2 and 3 to settle.

The FCC today has announced the first MX Settlement Window for LPFM applicants who filed in Windows I, II and III.

The groups identified have until October 31, 2003 to make their settlements.

Within REC's Area of Interest (AOI), California is included in this group.

REC has already spotted at least one error in the MX list. We will evaluate the MX groups and should have our recommendations in early September.

More information to follow on our Filing Windows page.

RM-10641: Registration and Tagging of Radio Equipment

FCC says no to requiring radio transmitters to be registered like firearms.

The FCC has denied a petition by Dale Reich to require all purchases of radio transmitters to be recorded and logged. In the same petition Reich asked that the FCC require registration tags to show that there is proof of a license to use equipment.

In it's order, the FCC relies heavily on the comments filed by REC as well as a joint opposition led by CompUSA.

The order states:

FCC Denies REC's Motion

FCC says no to reinstating dismissed LPFM applications.

REC received a letter today from Audio Bureau chief Peter Doyle denying both a petition for reconsideration filed by REC Networks and other LPFM stakeholders and an Emergency Motion filed solely by REC Networks.

The Petition for Reconsideration was filed one week after the "St. Patrick's Day Massacre" when the FCC dismissed hundreds of LPFM applications in March, 2003. In our timely filed Petition for Reconsideration, REC stated that the issue around third- adjacent channel protection was still an open issue pending the outcome of the MITRE study and any subsequent Congressional action.

Today is REC's 19th Anniversary

From the Phone World to the Whole World.

On July 20, 1984, REC started as a commentline in the San Fernando Valley, CA. A commentline was a telephone number that you could call where you can hear people discuss issues and then you could leave a message to be heard next week. Talkradio over the phone in a way.

Over the years, REC has diversified into many different services and causes.

This last year, REC has been very busy with issues relating to Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasting, including a major filing window and the ongoing issues around expanding access to LPFM stations by organizations across the country.

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