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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

Presidential State of Emergency: Information for licensed broadcast stations and those considering unlicensed operation

On March 13, 2020, the President has declared a "national emergency" as a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. REC provides the following advice to existing licensed broadcast stations and for those individuals who are considering engaging in unlicensed operation under the guise of a "presidential state of emergency". This article is the opinion of REC Networks based on analysis of the current situation and existing laws and regulations.  Note, that this was not prepared by an attorney and those seeking legal advice should contact a qualified attorney.

REC Networks COVID-19 Statements

REC Networks (REC), a leading advocate for spectrum access with special focus on promoting and maintaining the integrity of the Low Power FM (LPFM) radio broadcast service has currently been engaged in responding to the active COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  

Guidance to stations: School closures due to COVID-19

Due to concerns over COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Harvard University and the entire University of Maryland system have announced that live classes will not resume after spring break.  In addition, some school districts, smaller colleges and priviate educational institutions have announced closures of campuses.

REC to FCC: All Digital-AM must take listeners and EAS into consideration

Calling the technology "new and geeky", REC Networks questioned the practicality of all-digital (MA3) HD Radio for AM strations.  In Comments, REC expressed general concerns regarding all of the "band-aid" concepts that have come since then Commissioner Ajit Pai started his campaign to revitalize the AM broadcast band including the reconcentration of cross-service AM translators, which are causing substantial interference to LPFM stations and providing no method of relief due to the disparity between the LPFM and FM translato

Statement of REC Networks: NYT article on Radio Sputnik also touches on FM translator to LPFM interference

In response to the New York Times article "Playing on Kansas City Radio: Russian Propaganda", 

REC Position Statement: "Public Safety" eligibility for LPFM licensing

There has been a recent situation that came up where we must emphasize the use of the "public safety" language in the FCC rules for LPFM stations.

§73.853(a)(2) permits "states and local governments and non-government entities that will provide non-commercial public safety radio services" to be LPFM licensees.

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