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20-270: REC voices opposition to some ham fees, supports new fees for FM translators, auctions

REC Networks has filed Comments with the Federal Communications Commission in MD Docket 20-270.  This FCC proceeding implements a portion of the 2018 RAY BAUM’S Act as it relates to the change in the structure of FCC application fees from a codified schedule to a cost-based method, similar to how regulatory fees are charged.

REC Advisory Letter #4: Directional antennas for LPFM stations

On October 30, 2020, Part 73 of the rules was amended to expand the use of directional antennas in the LPFM radio service.  With the new rules, LPFM stations may elect to use a directional antenna (DA) for any purpose, where in the past, it was limited to two specific reasons, public sector traveler’s information services (TIS) and solely for second adjacent channel protection.

Commentary: Whomever wins the election wins the FCC

Greetings from Riverton. As we are all waiting for the results of this year’s presidential election, no matter which side you are on, we must also remember that whomever wins this election also wins the FCC.  Commissioners on the FCC are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  Most importantly, the President also designates the FCC Chairman.  This will also steer the direction of where the FCC will go in the next four years. 

FCC made changes to several FM forms.. moving assignments/transfers to LMS effective 11/18

With the recent approval of the information collection and form changes by the Office of Management and Budget, the FCC has made several announcements to state that certain forms will be changing.  Some of these changes are to reflect rule changes in MB Dockets 19-3 and 19-193.  

REC Advisory Letter #3: Lifting of freeze on new DTV allotments may impact LPFM/NCE availability

This REC Advisory Letter is directed to prospective participants in the 2021 NCE Filing Window, potential 2022 LPFM Filing Window as well as existing NCE and LPFM licensees planning minor change applications in the reserved band (88.1~91.9 MHz, channels 201~220). 

New LPFM, NCE and Public Notice rules take effect October 30, 2020 as changes have received OMB approval.

In Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register, the Federal Communications Commission has announced that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on various rule changes involving information collection and/or changes to forms.

19-311: FCC adopts Report and Order to permit all-digital AM broadcasting

The Federal Communications Commission has voted 5-0 today to adopt a Report and Order in MB Docket 19-311 for all-digital AM broadcasting. 

In the circulation draft, released three weeks prior to today’s meeting, the order calls for the ability for AM stations to voluntarily switch to an all digital operation using the Xperi (Ibiquity) HD Radio MA3 standard of in-band on-channel (IBOC) broadcasting.

Updated: REC Advisory Letter #1: LPFM stations carrying network programming from "Relevant Radio"

Relevant Radio” is the brand name of a radio service operated by Immaculate Heart Radio (IHR).  Relevant Radio is a 24-hour Catholic programming service that provides a noncommercial programming source to affiliated stations across the country as well as through digital delivery.  IHR, operating as Relevant Radio, Inc. owns several dozen full-service AM and FM broadcast stations and has been commended in the past by REC for preserving the legacy call letters of the stations that they acquire, including the infamous KHJ, Los Angeles.  A couple of years ago, IHR had converted their stations from noncommercial educational to commercial and in their markets have been selling time.  This, while maintaining a noncommercial stream for affiliated stations not owned by IHR. 

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