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FCC Opens Settlement Window for MX

Opportunity for Window groups 1, 2 and 3 to settle.

The FCC today has announced the first MX Settlement Window for LPFM applicants who filed in Windows I, II and III.

The groups identified have until October 31, 2003 to make their settlements.

Within REC's Area of Interest (AOI), California is included in this group.

REC has already spotted at least one error in the MX list. We will evaluate the MX groups and should have our recommendations in early September.

More information to follow on our Filing Windows page.

RM-10641: Registration and Tagging of Radio Equipment

FCC says no to requiring radio transmitters to be registered like firearms.

The FCC has denied a petition by Dale Reich to require all purchases of radio transmitters to be recorded and logged. In the same petition Reich asked that the FCC require registration tags to show that there is proof of a license to use equipment.

In it's order, the FCC relies heavily on the comments filed by REC as well as a joint opposition led by CompUSA.

The order states:

FCC Denies REC's Motion

FCC says no to reinstating dismissed LPFM applications.

REC received a letter today from Audio Bureau chief Peter Doyle denying both a petition for reconsideration filed by REC Networks and other LPFM stakeholders and an Emergency Motion filed solely by REC Networks.

The Petition for Reconsideration was filed one week after the "St. Patrick's Day Massacre" when the FCC dismissed hundreds of LPFM applications in March, 2003. In our timely filed Petition for Reconsideration, REC stated that the issue around third- adjacent channel protection was still an open issue pending the outcome of the MITRE study and any subsequent Congressional action.

Today is REC's 19th Anniversary

From the Phone World to the Whole World.

On July 20, 1984, REC started as a commentline in the San Fernando Valley, CA. A commentline was a telephone number that you could call where you can hear people discuss issues and then you could leave a message to be heard next week. Talkradio over the phone in a way.

Over the years, REC has diversified into many different services and causes.

This last year, REC has been very busy with issues relating to Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasting, including a major filing window and the ongoing issues around expanding access to LPFM stations by organizations across the country.

99-25: REC Files Emergency Motion

An effort to put the dismissed applications back on the table.

REC has filed an "Emergency Motion To Reinstate Applications" in an effort to temporarily reverse the Commission's decision on March 17, 2003 to dismiss hundreds of LPFM applications because they were "deadlocked" and unable to file major changes because they were short spaced on the third-adjacent channel.

These applicants filed prior to the rule being changed as a result of congressional action. REC is asking to temporarily reinstate these applications so the outcome of the comments on the MITRE report as well as any subsequent congressional action and eventual rulemaking.

First LPFM to give way for a full power FM station

also some additional FCC housecleaning in SoCal.

This week's FCC LPFM activity in the dismissal department includes the first LPFM forced off the air to make way for a full power station and the FCC does a little "housecleaning" while they are at it.

LPFM Third Adjacent Channel Study Released

Study shows favorable to potential elimination of third adjacent restrictions.

The FCC has released the long awaited study of third adjacent channel interference by Low Power FM (LPFM) stations. This report was ordered by Congress as a stipulation of the Radio Broadcast Protection Act passed a couple of years ago that imposed a third adjacent channel restriction to LPFM stations in respect to full power FM stations and FM translators.

An early view of this report shows very favorable to the restoral of the third adjacent channel. REC will evaluate the report and consult with our fellow LPFM supporters.

According to reports that we have received, there will be a public comment period upcoming. We will keep everyone up to date.

FCC announces singletons in Translator Invasion

FCC identifies over 4000 translator applicants that are not MX.

On 6/30, the FCC issued a public notice that identified over 4,000 applications filed during the Great Translator Invasion window of March, 2003. These applications have no other competing translator applications and should be considered singleton. These applicants are not subject to auction.

These applicants will be required to update their FCC application by 8/29/2003. Once the applicant does that, the application will be declared "accepted for filing". At that time, a 15 day public comment period will be open for petitions to Deny.

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