FCC Considers Reallocation of TV Channels 5 & 6 to FM Audio Broadcasting

Deep in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for broadcast diversity (MB Docket 07-294), the Federal Communications Commission, acting on a recommendation by Mullaney Engineering, would propose the expansion of the FM Broadcast Band to include the spectrum of TV Channels 5 and 6 (76-88 MHz).

If approved, this could open opportunities for 60 additional channels to the existing 100 channels.

The spectrum between 76-88 MHz is already used for FM broadcast in Japan (their FM band is from 76-90 MHz and they have television in the 90-108 MHz range).

REC will be working together with our allies and media partners to provide our own concept of an expanded Channel 5 & 6 spectrum.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Comments of Mullaney Engineering

REC participates in Low Power FM Leadership Day

This past week, REC had supported Low Power Leadership Day, an event thrown by our allies at Prometheus Radio Project. This event attracted several people from the independent media community as well as the operators of LPFM and NCE-FM stations.

During the event in Washington DC, REC's Michelle Eyre gave an overview of the situation surrounding translators, the Great Translator Invasion and how LPFM stations protect translators. Various others spoke on other topics.

On Tuesday, Michelle and others visited the FCC to give presentations to the Media Bureau staff. In the afternoon, everyone was let loose on the Senate and the House.

REC's Michelle Eyre to announce AZ Bruisers roller derby event

TEMPE, AZ - - Michi-chan Roller Sports Productions, a part of REC Networks is proud to announce that REC Networks founder and hostess of the popular Arizona Derby Report video program, Michelle A. Eyre known in the derby world as "Michi-chan" will be doing the jam by jam (or play by play) announcing of the February 16, 2008 scrimmage between the Arizona Bruisers and Duke City Derby from Albuquerque, NM.

Joining her at the mic will be King Daevid Mackenzie from KPHX radio who will be doing color commentary during the scrimmage.

Michi-chan recently announced jam-by-jam of the previous Arizona Bruisers scrimmage against the Tucson Roller Derby Copper Queens. A copy of this can be found on YouTube.

Statement of REC Networks on the FCC's LPFM R&O

We are pleased that the FCC has taken some major steps to protect locally owned community based LPFM stations.

REC is concerned that the 10 application limit to translators will still not result in too many new LPFM channels becoming available. The damage was already done when the FCC granted the singleton applications in the GTI window. REC feels that LPFM should have priority over speculative translators.

Until 3rd adjacent is lifted, the FCC needs to change some rules such as the massive overprotection of TV Channel 6 and FM translators.

We look forward to updating our information, once we get it!

Preliminary Statement of REC Networks on FCC's LPFM Decision

As with many in the LPFM community, we are pleased with many aspects of the FCC's decision on LPFM from last week's Commission meeting. We will comment further when the official Report and Order (R&O) comes out. We also plan to participate in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

This R&O does bring some new opportunities for new reports and database applications.

FCC to act on LPFM in next Commission Meeting

The FCC has issued a Sunshine Notice today which includes a Media Bureau item for MM Docket 99-25 which is only described as "The Commission will consider a Third Report and Order concerning the promotion and expansion of low power FM (LPFM) service."

The meeting will take place on November 27, 2007 at 9:30AM EST and will be streamed.

Many suspect that this is the changes in the rules that address the protection of translators and LPFM stations fueled mainly because of the "Great Translator Invasion" window of 2003.

MB Docket 99-25 is currently in a SUNSHINE status. This means that comment filing and ex-parte presentations with decision makers on this docket are prohibited until the FCC takes action at the meeting or if the item is removed from the agenda.

REC statement regarding AZCMF applications

Statement of REC Networks regarding the applications of the Arizona Community Media Foundation (BNPED-20071016AGQ and BNPED-20071016AGR):

We have been reviewing the NCE Window applications within our area of interest (AZ, NV, So. Cal.) and we are joyed to see that this organization is trying to bring an independent non-commercial station to the Phoenix area. We hope that the station is on the same caliber as progressive stations like KXCI in Tucson and KPFK in Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, the Phoenix area has been devoid of independent media on the airwaves. We have suffered for decades with pre-packaged NPR and commercial network content. Hopefully, free speech will soon reign over the East Valley on 88.7. We are looking forward to it.

Michelle A. Eyre for
REC Networks

REC announces application releases to support the outcome of the 2007 NCE filing window

REC has made the following updates to support the NCE Filing Window:

BROADCAST QUERY (FMQ)
Applications for original construction permits on non-commercial educational (NCE) stations are now identified by the following line added to the data:
2007 NCE Window Station: Check for MX

Clicking on "Check for MX" will display a "MX" (mutually exclusive) report similar to what we used during the Great Translator Invasion of 2003. The MX application will display the subject station's information and the estimated field strengths of the impacted stations and attempts to compute the distance required to "clear" the other station. On that report, stations that are potentially MX will appear with a red background.

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