REC operational status (updated May 23, 2024 2:40 PM EDT) - REC will be in minimal operations on Friday 5-24-24 and will be closed on Monday 5-27-24 for the Memorial Day holiday. No phone calls will be taken on Friday. I will be monitoring emails and will mostly have access to systems. The Michi is not feeling well and I need some rest days. Thank you for your understanding.

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".  

REC files Petition for Rulemaking to extend the FM band down to 76 MHz

WIDE-FM logoToday, REC Networks, a leading advocate for a diverse dial, has filed a Petition for Rulemaking to introduce WIDE-FM.  WIDE-FM is a comprehensive plan to create 60 new FM channels in the 76 to 88 MHz spectrum on a shared basis primary full-service and Class A TV stations as well as with foreign TV stations operating on RF Channels 5 and 6. 

03-185: REC calls for the sunset of FM6 (Franken FM) operations and supports elimination of FM to TV6 protection requirements

In comments to the Federal Communications Commission, REC Networks, a leading advocate for a diverse dial has called for the sunset of analog audio services provided by some Low Power TV (LPTV) channel 6 stations, sometimes referred to as FM6 or by a more pejorative term, "Franken FM", as well as calling for the elimination of the requirement that FM broadcast stations on 88.1~91.9 MHz provide adjacent channel protections to TV facilities on RF Channel 6.

03-185: Comments filed in this proceeding.

Updated 7/20/2022 08:00 ET

This is a working document that provides a brief outline of what organizations are saying in their comments on MB Docket 03-185.  This document is used internally by REC to compile information for the consideration of Reply Comments and we will share this document with the public.

This document is active and will be periodically updated as new comments come in.

REC, NAB, NPR, HD Radio and broadcasters express their concerns about using boosters for geo-targeted advertising

The comment period has closed in MB Docket 20-402 in the Geo-Targeted Booster proceeding.  In this specific comment period, the FCC wanted comments related to the recent testing of Geo Broadcast Systems (GBS) "zone-casting" system based on the reports submitted by GBS.  The tests were conducted at KSJO, San Jose, California and WRBJ-FM, Brandon Mississippi.  The following is a brief summary of the comments, both supporting and opposing, regarding zone-casting and the recent tests.

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