NAB says FM translators are the answer 

If the FCC genuinely is concerned about the potential impact of FM translators on LPFM service, why would the Commission be attracted to the NAB's plan to help lowly daytime AM stations and forego the opportunity to create more local LPFM stations?

FAA proposes tougher tower approval rules 

At a minimum the new rules, if adopted, will cause significant delays in the construction timetable for otherwise routine tower changes.

XM and Sirius experiencing regulatory problems 

There have been widespread complaints that some satellite radio receivers that use low-band FM frequencies to transmit the incoming satellite signal to on-board car radio receivers “bleed through” so that persons in nearby cars receive the signals intended for the subscriber’s car radio.

Airways and airwaves 

The FAA seeks greater control of some broadcast spectrum in a new proposal for rulemaking. It's troubling that the FAA NPRM deals with EMI in a broad way, but this fits with how the FAA has always viewed spectrum issues

Micromanaging the FCC 

When it comes to regulating the radio spectrum, let the House and Senate raise their concerns, but let the FCC conduct its own business regarding third-adjacent channel protections.

Translator program origination 

Local program origination on FM translators is an ongoing issue, and following a recent petition from a broadcaster, the outlook appears bleak for the possibility to ever come to pass.

Public file maintenance 

Some careful attention today may save your station from significant fines eight years from now.

FCC hedges bet on gambling advertising 

The rules on their face permit the advertising of certain casino activities (when conducted by Indian tribes) but they still prohibit the advertising of precisely the same activities (when, say, Indians aren’t involved).

Streaming copyright royalties audited 

Starting in February 2006, Soundexchange began auditing 11 of the most popular Internet radio websites.

FCC begins review of Katrina impact 

Despite the botched governmental response before and after Katrina struck, there is a perception in many circles that the FCC’s performance was praiseworthy.

Webcasting royalty fees in play 

A new proceeding has begun to set the music copyright royalty fees that stations streaming on the Internet will pay to record companies and recording artists for 2006-2010. While the new fees are not likely to be finalized until late in 2006, they will apply retroactively to Jan. 1, 2006.

FCC considers low-power AM 

Some of the promoters of LPFM have now returned to the Commission with LPAM--a service that would not be shackled with the restrictions that apply to LPFM.

Relaxed tribal notification standards 

Tower construction projects on tribal lands must be coordinated with local tribes. To prevent non-responses from keeping tower projects on hold, the Commission recently announced a new policy for dealing with tribal and native Hawaiian organizations.

FM Auction 62 postponed 

The last-minute postponement of FM Auction 62 has chilled the enthusiasm of many would-be bidders.

XM plans terrestrial wireless operation 

XM now has applied for FCC consent to acquire terrestrial WCS frequencies, but there are those who strongly oppose the idea.

FM auction fast approaching 

Auction No. 62 is being adapted to resemble a wireless auction in that 100 percent engagement will not be required in each round.

FCC to streamline allotment process 

If the FCC adopts these proposals, abuses of the system would be curtailed and the process of changing a city of license (for AM or FM stations) would be significantly simplified and improved.

New radio market definitions tested 

As expected, now the Commission has put local market rules into place, they are immediately put to the test by license applicants. Despite this, the FCC maintains that the Arbitron-based market definition will stand and that there is a heavy burden on a petitioner to show that an alternative definition is appropriate.

FCC to auction 173 more FM CPs 

The Commission plans another simultaneous, multiple-round auction.

Big changes for LPFM, FM translators 

The Commission has adopted changes in its rules that will immediately benefit LPFM operators and applicants.

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