REC operational status (April 6, 6:20 PM EDT) - REC will be in minimal operations from Saturday, April 13 through Thursday, April 18, 2024 due to the NABSHOW in Las Vegas. During this time, we will have no phone support, minimal opportunities to respond to emails and limited systems access. Priority will be provided for REC-handled LPFM window applicants, REC clients with filing deadlines and natural disaster related emergencies. Thank you for your patience.

REC Networks initial statement on NAB/Xperi Petition for Rulemaking

Currently, all FM stations (including LPFM stations) are permitted to operate at a digital effective radiated power (ERP) of -14 dB below carrier (dBc), which equates to 4 percent of their analog ERP.  Stations can operate up to -10 dBc (10 percent of analog ERP) with a contour study showing that the station meets certain contour overlap requirements to first adjacent channel stations. 

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

Revision 5 - November 6, 2022

In the context of smaller noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations, including Low Power FM (LPFM), an “assignment” is a transaction where the license is changed (assigned) to another nonprofit entity. A “transfer” is a transaction where the license remains where the license remains with the same entity, but there is a significant change in the persons that control the licensee organization.

REC releases the third generation of myLPFM station management tool

For over the past 10 years, myLPFM has assisted LPFM stations in checking availability for moves and in the early days, it also assisted those seeking new LPFM stations to find their perfect place on the dial.  

Changes to EAS Rules currently on circulation; May require software updates

On Septmber 8, 2022, the FCC released the tentative agenda for the Open Meeting on September 29, 2022.   On the agenda for that meeting is an item related to changes to the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  With the agenda, the FCC released the circulation draft of the Report and Order for the EAS item that will be voted on during or prior to the Open Meeting.

REC files Petition for Rulemaking to call for reforms in future translator filing windows

REC Networks has filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission to propose various rule changes related to future FM translator stations.  While we wait for what will likely be an LPFM filing window as early as 2023, the next logical step for secondary services will be an opportunity for new and major change FM translator stations for general applicants.

REC policy opinion statement: What constitutes "community need" under Section 5 of the LCRA

In Section 5(2) of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010Congress ordered the FCC, when licensing new FM translator stations, FM booster stations, and low-power FM stations, they shall ensure that such decisions ade made based on the needs of the local community.

REC provides update on potential timeframe for next LPFM filing window.

REC Networks announces an updated prediction on the potential timeframe for the next filing window for new LPFM construction permits and major changes. 

Please see our updated Advisory Letter #10 for more details.

 

03-185: REC calls for sunset of Franken FM, major reductions in TV protection by FM and calls for LPFM instead of full-service on 87.9

REC Networks has filed Reply Comments with the FCC on MB Docket 03-185.  This docket is mainly related to the continued operations of Low Power TV (LPTV) stations that insert an analog FM carrier at 87.75 and are marketed as a radio station.  This is sometimes called "FM6" or "Franken FM".  

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