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20-299: NCE/LPFM stations voluntarily carrying foreign broadcasters as a part of their educational objective should be exempt from proposed disclosure messages.

REC Networks has filed comments with the FCC addressing the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to require that broadcast stations that are provided programming from various foreign entities must disclose on the air that a foreign government has provided the programming regardless of whether the station was paid to carry the programming or not.

The Local Community Radio Act is 10 Years Old!

Thanks to Pete Tridish for reminding us that on this day, ten years ago, the Senate passed, on unanimous consent, the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 (LCRA).  Just a day prior, the House passed the legislation on voice vote. The legislation was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011.

Statement of REC Networks: Nomination of Nathan A. Simington to the Federal Communications Commission

Senate floor, nomination of Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission. Yea 49, Nay 46.

On a party line vote of 49-46, the Senate has confirmed Nathan Simington to serve on the Federal Communications Commission to replace Commissioner Michael O’Reilly, effective on January 20, 2021. 

Section 154 of the Communications Act calls for the make-up of the Commission itself.  Specifically, that of the 5 Commissioners, only 3 can be from the same political party. 

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.

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