FCC Releases Proposed Rulemaking on All Digital AM Broadcasting

Submitted by Todd Urick on Sat, 12/28/2019 - 15:28

As part of the Revitalization of the AM Radio Service Proceeding, the FCC has pulled all the stops, considering a proposal from Bryan Broadcasting Corporation to migrate AM broadcast to all-digital.  On November 22, the Commission voted to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit comments for the public and broadcasters to complete

FCC Announces FM Full Service Filing Freeze for Minor Change Applications

Submitted by Todd Urick on Sat, 12/28/2019 - 14:44

From January 29, 2020 until February 11, 2020 the FCC will not be allowing the submission of minor change applications to be filed from both non-commercial and commercial broadcasters as window for filing Form 175 application for select FM channels will be occurring for Auction 106.  See here.  More information on Auction 106 is available here.

Filing Window for New Rural LPTV/TV translators

Submitted by Todd Urick on Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:10

Filing window for new LPTV channels?  Before anyone gets too excited, lets unpack this.  In 2009 the FCC opened a filing window for rural digital LPTV/translator stations and then later froze those filings because those applications could have the the possibility to be displaced by the impending Incentive Auction.  The FCC was in the process of repacking television bandwidth (reducing the band available to television) to clear spectrum out for wireless usage.  With the completion of that process a decade later (long waits are common for anything processed by the FCC), the FCC is ready to pi

Deregulatory Measure Of the Day: Reassessing the Programming Duplication Rule

Submitted by Todd Urick on Fri, 11/22/2019 - 13:41

In a public notice released November 22, the FCC asks whether to modify or eliminate the "radio duplication rule."  We notice that any time lately when the Commission has proposed to take away any public interest rules where the benefit is not clear, they are obliged throw-in a superlative to make it seem like "since the rule is extremely old, why does it even pertain to the current technology era?"  Here they used the word "Commission seeks comment on decades-old radio duplication rule".  Previous headlines include "...Outdated and Burdensome Regulations.." (regarding elim

FCC Solicits Public Comment Regarding Elimination of Common Broadcast Tower Rule

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 11/05/2019 - 20:11

The FCC has released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, MB Docket No. 19-282, for comment on revising Sections 73.239 and 73.635 of the Commission's rules concerning use of common antenna sites.  These rules allow for access to common FM radio and TV antenna sites.  The rules, going back to the 1940's, prohibit the grant or renewal of a license for an FM or TV station if that licensee/tower owner monopolizes a key site in a very suitable area but does not make it available for use by other broadcasters.

FCC Media Bureau Announces Symposium on Current and Future Trends in Radio and TV

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 16:22


On November 21, 2019 the FCC's Media Bureau is hosting a Symposium on future trends in broadcasting at the FCC's headquarters,, 445 12th St, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC.

Guest from Beasley, Radio Ink Magazine, Univision, Nextstar, Nielsen and others will be there although it appears nobody representing non-commercial media (community radio, PBS, NPR, etc) is schedules on the panel.

More information is here.

Comments Due on Auction of FM Broadcast Construction Permits Scheduled for April 28, 2020

Submitted by Todd Urick on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 21:27



Comments sought by FCC on competitive bidding procedures for Auction 106 Dkt No 19-290

Announces auction of FM broadcast construction permits and seeks comment on auction procedures. Comments Due: November 6, 2019; Reply Comments Due: November 20, 2019 See DA-19-1027A1.pdf DA-19-1027A2.pdf

Upcoming FCC Comment Deadlines on Rulemakings

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 10/01/2019 - 21:08


Comment   Reply Com      Docket

                  Oct. 15                  Docket 18-202; FNPRM    Kidvid rules                           

                   Nov. 4                   Docket 19-177; NPRM       EEO compliance and enforcement  

                   Oct. 15                 Docket 17-317; FNPRM    Must-carry notifications  

Oct 21        Noc 3                  Docket 19-193; NPRM       LPFM Technical Rules

FCC is Allowing Comments on LPFM Technical Rules Rulemaking

Submitted by Todd Urick on Mon, 09/30/2019 - 20:21


FCC is accepting public comment on MB Docket 19-193, which is a rule making on improving the technical rules for Low Power FM radio.  The rulemaking was originally a response to proposals by LPFM advocate Rec Networks' RM-11749 and RM-11810 requesting the Commission to consider an upgrade in LPFM broadcast power to 250 watts ERP.  The Republican-controlled FCC dismissed the request an offered some minor tweaks to the FCC LPFM rules including: