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Public Notice Requirements When Certain Applications Are Filed

Revised May 13, 2020

In the early 1960s, in the aftermath of the payola scandals in radio and the fixed quiz show scandals in television’s golden era, Congress passed legislation that required broadcasters to be more transparent to the public. At first, many of the laws were very restrictive and burdensome and would get eventually legislated away over time. One portion of the law that has survived is enshrined in Section 311(a) of the Communications Act, which reads:

19-193: FCC releases Report and Order for LPFM; "Simple 250" rejected, but with the door cracked open

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 prior to the FCC open meeting, the Commission has voted to adopt the Report and Order in MB Docket 19-193 with some modifications asked for by REC, ABC and NAB in ex parte presentations.

RM-11854: REC supports "hyperlocal" content on FM boosters but warns of a "booster boom"

In comments filed by REC Networks in response to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by GeoBroadcast Systems in RM-11854, REC expresses some interest in the concept of allowing FM broadcast licensees with boosters to be able to "split off" small portions of their programming for hyperlocal content over the booster.  Such hyperlocal content can include localized weather, traffic reports and local commercials.  Cu

List of changes coming to the LPFM service in 2020 and the next filing window.

Here’s a combined list of all of the changes that both have been adopted in MB Docket 19-3 as well as those items expected to be adopted in MB Docket 19-193 as it relates to LPFM.  The FCC is expected to vote on the 19-193 technical proposal either at the Open Meeting scheduled on April 23, 2020 likely by teleconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic or sooner (as the Commission did with the March meeting items).  Items on MB Docket 19-193 are subject to change between now and that vote.  In addition, there will be an opportunity after the Commission adopts MB Docket 19-193 that petitions for

Advice for Churches: Drive-In services

Despite the "stay at home" orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some states, including here in Maryland are permitting churches to conduct church services where congregants remain in their vehicles.  As a result, REC as well as other consultants, engineers, etc.

Pai shouts out to LPFM in blog. 19-193 R&O on agenda for April FCC meeting.

Photo of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (courtesy: FCC)

In his blog titled "Digging In For the Long Haul", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announces that the April FCC Open Meeting agenda will include the long awaited Report and Order (R&O) in MB Docket 19-193, also known as the "LPFM Technical NPRM/R&O".  In this blog, Pai spotlights various LPFM stations that h

Emergency or not: Unauthorized broadcasting is still illegal

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and changes in our daily life activities, we are starting to see discussions and actual situations where unauthorized transmitters are being used, especially for makeshift "drive-in churches". 

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 N

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