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FCC upholds 19-193 decision.. including “Complex 250” : "Simple 250" not impacted.

In an Order on Reconsideration, the FCC has upheld all of the decisions made in their 2020 Report and Order in MB Docket 19-193.  The 19-193 decision made several changes to the LPFM rules, including:

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Revised Statement of REC Networks: RadioWorld LPFM article published June 14, 2021

On June 14, 2021, RadioWorld published an article with the headline "FCC Seems To Affirm 100-Watt LPFM Limit".  The article suggested that despite the fact that the FCC had brought REC's Simple250 proposal to Public Notice that the suggestion that Acting Chairwoman Janet Rosenworcel's comments in her personal blog that the upcoming action on the Order on Reconsideration bringing "finality to the rules" would render Simple250 "dead in the water".

Dream legislation to "sweeten the pot" for local community FM

This is a response to a letter to Radio World by Daniel Brown, Zebra Radio who was responding to Michelle Bradley of REC's previous letter to Radio World.

An idea to "sweeten the pot" for all-digital AM will "sour the sauce" for LPFMs

This is a response to a Radio World op ed by Larry Langford, owner of WGTO(AM), Cassopolis, MI.

This response was also published in Radio World online on May 14, 2021.  The originally submitted response follows:

REC Advisory Letter #8: Radio Frequency Exposure & Environmental Impact

On May 3, 2021, a Report and Order released by the FCC went into effect.  This Order did not change the radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines but it does require that stations verify that their antenna structures meet the RF guidelines.  It also defines the format for signs in areas where exposure levels exceed the minimum exposure guidelines.  Stations are not required to make any filings with the FCC after this verification is done.  Stations are required to recertify that th

REC Advisory Letter #6: Proposed changes to FM Boosters to support "geo-targeting"

This REC Advisory Letter is to advise LPFM licensees of a pending rulemaking proceeding before the FCC.  This is an overview of the proceeding and our initial analysis of the impacts to LPFM and potential positions that will be taken by REC Networks in respect to this proceeding.  As with any proceeding, REC always welcomes the input from LPFM licensees, including those that REC has not worked with in the past to provide input. 

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.

19-3: FCC Denies Reconsideration on "Secondary Grants" in MX Groups.

The Federal Communications Commission has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed in MB Docket 19-3 (the NCE/LPFM administrative rulemaking proceeding) on procedural grounds, upholding the long-standing “one winner per group” policy when resolving mutually exclusive (MX)/competing applications where multiple applications could not be granted due to contour overlap (NCE) or distance separation (LPFM) requirements.  

The Petition, filed by Discount Legal called for the Commission to re-look at “secondary grants”, which are situations of where, after eliminating less than qualified applications or applications that did not meet FCC requirements would create a “stray” applicant that would otherwise be grantable if the unqualified applicants are removed. 

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