Notes

Common Frequency's Proposal to Open 82-88 MHz for FM Radio Service

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 07/19/2022 - 18:50

On July 18 Common Frequency provided comment with the FCC concerning proposed Rule Making Docket No. MB 03-185.  Common Frequency proposes method of expanding the FM band to accommodate more noncommercial broadcasters and better accommodate AM broadcasters migrating to FM.  The comment can be read here.

FCC Issues Final Dismissal of Low Power FM Station in Las Vegas

Submitted by Todd Urick on Mon, 05/16/2022 - 20:17

In a new Order released May 17, the Low Power FM station licensed to Chinese Voice of Golden City, DKQLS-LP, is finally dismissed.  This was a case of a LPFM that was built in the wrong spot and tried to salvage their license with as much legal aggressiveness as possible, while a commercial FM translator licensee swooped-in on the frequency with their intention to use it.  The final order can be read here.

FCC Grants 13 New Non-Commercial Radio Permits

Submitted by Todd Urick on Wed, 05/04/2022 - 19:49

FCC released a Memorandum Opinion and Order entitled "Threshold Fair Distribution Analysis of 13 Groups of Mutually Exclusive Applications for Permits to Construct New Noncommercial Educational FM Stations".  In November 2021 the FCC had a filing window for nonprofits to apply for new non-commercial radio licenses.  The FCC grants the winners of these channels in batches via these MO&O decisions.  Specially, when multiple applicants apply for one open radio channel, the FCC applies a technical grading criterion to judge which application is superior within the group and grants that sing

FCC Grants Native Group New Non-Commercial Radio Channel

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/05/2022 - 19:27

In a competition between two non-profits -- The Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, and The Foundation for Economic Justice --- the FCC granted the Tribal Association a permit for a new non-commercial radio station for eastern San Diego County.  The channel represents the last non-commercial FM channel in the San Diego metro, with the possibility of "rimshoting" into San Diego proper from the high elevation of the proposed antenna.

FCC Grants 16 New Non-Commercial, Educational FM Radio Station Permits

Submitted by Todd Urick on Sat, 04/02/2022 - 19:11

FCC released a Memorandum Opinion and Order entitled "Threshold Fair Distribution Analysis of 16 Groups of Mutually Exclusive Applications for Permits to Construct New Noncommercial Educational FM Stations".  In November 2021 the FCC had a filing window for nonprofits to apply for new non-commercial radio licenses.  The FCC grants the winners of these channels in batches via these MO&O decisions.  Specially, when multiple applicants apply for one open radio channel, the FCC applies a technical grading criterion to judge which application is superior within the group and grants that sing

FCC Grants 16 Non-Commercial Radio Permits

Submitted by Todd Urick on Fri, 04/22/2022 - 18:46

FCC released a Memorandum Opinion and Order entitled "Threshold Fair Distribution Analysis of 16 Groups of Mutually Exclusive Applications for Permits to Construct New Noncommercial Educational FM Stations".  In November 2021 the FCC had a filing window for nonprofits to apply for new non-commercial radio licenses.  The FCC grants the winners of these channels in batches via these MO&O decisions.  Specially, when multiple applicants apply for one open radio channel, the FCC applies a technical grading criterion to judge which application is superior within the group and grants that sing

FCC Denies Application for Review Concerning FM Translator's Encroachment on San Diego LPFM

Submitted by Todd Urick on Thu, 04/21/2022 - 16:24

On April 19 the Commission issued a judgment striking down an appeal of a LPFM being encroached upon by a newly proposed FM translator.  LPFM station KVIB-LP San Diego originally filed a Petition for Reconsideration against a new FM translator application for El Cajon, California proposed on the same channel as the LPFM.  That Petition was struck down.  KVIB-LP filed an Application for Review, appealing the decision, stating the FCC erred in their decision.  The new FM translator originally applied on another channel for which the applicant erred, as the channel was not available because it

Media Bureau Seeks Comment on FM Boosters for Geo-Targeting

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/12/2022 - 16:03

FCC seeks public comments concerning a rule making concerning the use of a technology that would allow the use of "boosters" (secondary transmitters) to inject different content (i.e., different content than the main broadcast signal) within an FM station's broadcast area.  Comments are due 30 days from April 18, 2022, and reply comments are due 45 days from that date.  Comments can be filed in the FCC's ECFS.