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FCC proposes changes to public notices and renewal announcements while eliminating a major cost barrier to new-entrant LPFMs/NCEs

For the upcoming meeting on September 26, 2019, the FCC has released a draft of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in MB Docket 17-264.  This rulemaking, initiated as a result of the Media Modernization proceeding (MB Docket 17-105) addresses the current issues faced by broadcasters with the issue around public notices in §73.3580 of the rules. 

REC had 3 CP grants today in the best interest of community and college radio

KBUU-LP booster site map.Radio reception is about to get better on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  Zuma Beach Emergency FM Broadcasters, an REC advocated station in our Southern California area of interest was granted today by the FCC, two new construction permit applications for FM boosters for KBUU-LP, Malibu, CA.  KBUU-1 will be located in Malibu Bluffs Park through an arrangement with the City of Malibu and will serve the eastern portion of Malibu including the Malibu Civic Center and Pepperdine University.  KBUU-2 will be located at Trancas Canyon overlooking Zuma Beach and will provide enhanced service to the Ventura County Line.

"Look For The Label!" Make sure that transmitter is certified.

LPFM Look For The Label. Is your transmitter certified?The recent situation at KLIE-LP has drawn attention to the unique aspect of the LPFM rules where a lab-tested certified transmitter model is required in the service. 

The certification requirement dates back to the 1990s prior to the establishment of the LPFM service with the surge of pirate radio operations that took place following the passage of the Telecom Act of 1996 which opened the door for the relaxing of the national ownership rules.  The certification requirement was to assure that unstable pirate equipment was not used in the licensed service. 

FCC votes early to adopt MB Docket 19-193

Somtimes this happens.  Prior to the August 1 open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to adopt the LPFM technical Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket 19-193.  

19-193: FCC adopts NPRM on LPFM technical changes

In advance of the August 1, 2019 FCC Open Meeting, the Commission has adopted the LPFM technical Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket 19-193.  This item is expected to include the following proposed changes:

RM-11846 Fact Sheet: Rural smaller NCE stations

What this petition will do:

  • This petition opens up an opportunity for over 2,000 local communities that are currently shut out from having local noncommercial educational broadcast services to be able to obtain the ability to construct and operate a broadcast facility that is “right-sized” for their community.
  • This petition provides the assurances to the local communities that their allocation is primary and is not subject to displacement based on the application activity of larger stations, such as those in the urbanized area.
  • This petition will provide first aural service to smaller qualified communities while continuing to honor the Commission’s mandate to fair and equitable distribution of licenses among the states and communities.

FCC assigns REC's rural NCE petition RM-11846

The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice announcing a Petition for Rulemaking from REC Networks and has assigned in RM-11846.

In this Petition for rulemaking, REC is asking for relief for rural communities that currently do not have any radio broadcast stations licensed to them in order to obtain a new lower-powered broadcast station in the upcoming filing window for NCE stations. 

Rant from Riverton: Why can't LPFM have nice things?

No. It’s not because of the NAB or NPR.  It’s because of the LCRA.

Greetings from a very hot weekend.  The heat index right now is 109. It’s Saturday. The Yankees are up 9-nil over the Rockies at the end of 4 innings.  It’s just too hot to do much else.  Welcome to the Riverton summer from Hell. 

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