FCC assigns REC LPFM Petition for Rulemaking RM-11810 - Comments accepted until July 19, 2018

Edited: We are correcting the comment deadline date to July 19.

Earlier today, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau has issued a Public Notice that assigns a rulemaking number to the Petition for Rulemaking filed by REC Networks on June 13, 2018.

FCCdata June, 2018 release adds new "border blaster" §325c permits and shortwave stations

REC Networks has released a new version of FCCdata.org for June, 2018. This new version incorporates portions of the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) data. While much of this data deals with satellite and common carrier services, there are a couple of broadcast related functions this database will bring into FCCdata.org.

REC files Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC to further implement the LCRA and make other improvements to LPFM.

Today, REC has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission to make long overdue improvements to the Low Power FM (LPFM) service, offer relief and upgrade opportunities to existing stations and set the stage for a future filing window.  Key aspects of the petition include:

FCC denies all Prometheus et al informal objections against translator applications

In a single letter decision published in the FCC Daily Digest, Albert Shuldiner, Chief of the Audio Division of the Media Bureau has dismissed or denied all 994 of the Informal Objections filed against various types of FM translator applications including short forms, new application long forms and modifications.

§73.215 Fact Sheet: What LPFMs Need To Know

Section §73.215 of the FCC rules was first created in 1989.  In the original Report and Order, the FCC summarized it as "rules that permit an applicant for a commercial FM broadcast station to request the authorization of a transmitter site that would be nominally short-spaced to other co-channel or adjacent channel stations, provided the service of those other licensees is protected from interference in accordance with well established criteria.  The maximum amount of short-spacing is limited by the amount of separation specified for the next smaller size station class."

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