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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. 

Statement of REC Networks: Ajit Pai's announced departure from the FCC

Statement of Michelle Bradley, Founder, REC Networks:

Greetings from Riverton.

Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he will be departing from the Federal Communications Commission on January 20, 2021. 

REC files Reply Comments opposing exceptions to NCE application caps while calling for more transparency at the FCC.

On Monday, REC Networks has filed Reply Comments in two FCC proceedings.

In MB Docket 20-343, REC opposed a suggestion by Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the largest licensee of noncommercial educational (NCE) FM broadcast stations operating under the K-Love and Air1 brands, that called for the ability to file unlimited applications outside of the urban markets as long as those proposals do not face any competing applications.

19-310: In support of diversity and listener choice, REC & Music Industry team up to fight FM duplication rule repeal

REC Networks, along with the musicFIRST Coalition and the Future of Music Coalition have filed a Petition for Reconsideration on the Report and Order in the Broadcast Duplication proceeding, MB Docket 19-310, which was a part of Chairman Pai’s Media Modernization Initiative.

20-343: REC promotes a 5 cap and census data equity in NCE window

REC Networks has filed comments with the FCC today on their question regarding application caps in the noncommercial educational (NCE) FM Filing Window in 2021. 

The FCC has proposed a cap of 10 applications being filed by any one entity.  In addition, they also proposed a cap of 10 applications where any specific party to an application can appear.  The latter is to prevent people from filing under different organization names.

REC Advisory Letter #5: Changes to the Assignment and Transfer of LPFM stations

Revision 1 (11/19/2020): Assignee's FRN is now indicated on the assignment application instead of the Consummation Notice.

Revision 2 (02/04/2021): Consummation notices for LMS filed assignements/transfers are also filed in LMS.

Filings in MD Docket 20-270 by major organizations

Due to the high number of very important comments filed by individual amateur radio operators and amateur radio clubs, we are providing this list of comments filed by other entities regarding application fees for all services, including amateur. 

National EBS Association - Educational Broadband Service
Comments

20-270: REC voices opposition to some ham fees, supports new fees for FM translators, auctions

REC Networks has filed Comments with the Federal Communications Commission in MD Docket 20-270.  This FCC proceeding implements a portion of the 2018 RAY BAUM’S Act as it relates to the change in the structure of FCC application fees from a codified schedule to a cost-based method, similar to how regulatory fees are charged.

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