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FCC Denies Rural-to-Urban Station Contest

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 18:54

Modesto resident John Johnson filed Informal Objection over KCAI Linden, California, licensed to Educational Media Foundation, over the manipulation of the non-commercial educational facility's move of coverage area.  The facility was originally licensed to East Sonora, a rural foothills community.  EMF bought the station and moved the community of license and coverage to San Andreas, abandoning NCE secondary service population coverage.  Once licensed to San Andreas, EMF f

FCC Denies Translator Interference Petition on Technicalities

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:56

For station licensees attempting to rid a FM translator that takes out some of its fringe listener area, Section 74.1204(f) of the FCC affords a broadcaster a way to petition against the facility to force it off the air.  In the case of WDNC-AM's new translator in Durham, NC, Radio One filed a Petition to Deny claiming multiple listeners would now receive interference to WFXK(FM).  However, Radio One's petition provided inexact listening locations per each of the aggrieved listeners, and even one with direct affiliation to the station.  The Commission surprising denied the complaint on thes

FCC Seeks Comment on Zonecasting

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 16:49

March 13, 2020 GeoBroadcast Solutions submitted proposed a rulemaking to the FCC to allow a product called ZoneCasting to be utilized by FM broadcasters.  The technology would be used associated with FM booster stations -- stations that are on the same channel as a primary broadcaster's signal that simply re-broadcast the same audio as the main signal in areas of weak reception.  GeoBroadcast is asking the FCC if these boosters could, at select times, rebroadcast other content, with the intent of providing content specific to a certain area (like different commercials).  While the technolog

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