Statement of REC Networks: Postponement of Auction 106

"I did receive today's news about the postponement of Auction 106.  I do remain concerned about the current status of a future reserved band NCE window as well as a future window for LPFM applications.  NCE and LPFM stations provide a noncommercial voice and have the unique ability to inform the community from a hyperlocal to a wide area.  Despite the postponement of the Auction, the vacant allotments will remain and current rules require both full-service NCE stations and LPFM stations to protect vacant allotments. 

I am hoping that today's action does not have a major impact on the preparation and execution of a filing window for new NCE-FM reserved band stations.  It has been 13 years since the last opportunity.  There is still some work to do before LPFM can move forward, but I am still hoping we can get a NCE window in sometime in the foreseeable future."

Michelle Bradley
REC Networks
March 25, 2020