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[Updated 8/17/23] Statement of REC Networks regarding Greenville, South Carolina (WMXP-LP & WLTE(FM))

Updated August 17, 2023

RM-11952: Translator Reform petition up for comment at the FCC.

In 2003, the FCC unknowingly caused the Great Translator Invasion.  In this window, over 13,000 applications were filed for new FM translators in the Auction 83 filing window, of which, almost one-third of the applications were filed by two commonly owned entities.  What would entail afterwards was the loss of many opportunities for new LPFM stations, a place in federal legislation, massive permit trafficking and one of the biggest government handouts ever for an auction that only raised $574,711 to the US Treasury.  

LPFM: Changes in policies and rules since the 2013 filing window

The last LPFM filing window was in 2013, nearly 10 years ago.  This was a window that included applicants who were encouraged to partake in the changes made to the service as a result of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.  The LCRA's lifting of the third-adjacent channel protection requirement opened up many opportunities, especially in suburban and urban areas.  The window resulted in many success stories and some drama. 

FCC announces dates for next LPFM filing window.

In a short Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission has announced the dates for the next filing window for new Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcast stations.  

The filing window will open at 12:01 AM EDT on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 and will close at 6:00 PM EDT on November 8, 2023

This will be the first Public Notice released by the FCC on this. 

REC launches new FCC Enforcement Action Database

REC Networks has launched a new database and supporting web application that provides information on actions taken by Enforcement, Media and other bureaus within the FCC. This data will be used to track forfeitures (fines), which we refer to on The Podcast as "dingers".  It will also track enforcement activity that does not involve any kind of a forfeiture.  

The "Dingers Database" will track the following types of FCC documents:

REC Networks statement on the nominations of Anna Gomez, Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr

REC Networks is pleased that President Biden has made a choice for a fifth Commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission.  If confirmed, it will finally break the 2-2 deadlock on the Commission and allow the FCC to move forward on issues such as net neutrality, which has been split along party lines and may also be the catalyst to finally get some steam on issues such as various REC initiatives including LP-250, translator reform and rural NCE expansion.  It may also address the Petition for Reconsideration on the FM duplication rule change, for which REC was a joint filer

REC Networks is preparing for the 2023 hurricane season

June is approaching fast and that means the start of hurricane season.  REC is once again getting geared up to assist stations in the event the unfortunate happens.  

REC has made some systems improvements that automates most of our DIRS activation reporting processes.  This includes a new back end system that we will use to get information out.  

Rant from Riverton: "AM for Every Vehicle Act" is flawed - we need a "Future of Radio Act"

AM Radio. It has been around since dirt was new.  For decades, people's lives were made whole through radio in the same way that television did and now these days, the internet.  AM radio brought us Dragnet, the Second World War and then eventually introduced us to the Beatles.  AM radio was the driving force for many years.

First came television, the industry feared AM would be the end.  It wasn't.

Then came FM radio, the industry feared AM would be the end.  It wasn't.


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