The FCC has proposed the creation of LPFM ceiling floors that would condition the processing of FM translator applications on the availability of spectrum remaining in local markets for LPFM use.
The FCC has released a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in which the Commission proposes a comprehensive review of the current EAS structure, and what steps should be taken to integrate new technology into future versions of the nation's alert system.
The hearing focused on how to codify best practices to ensure consistency from issue to issue and from one commission to the next.
The five studies were conducted by outside researchers and examine a range of issues that affect diversity, competition and localism.
Given the breadth of the Commission's call for comments, those that have information on the economic impact of LPFM stations should strongly consider filing comments.
Recent pronouncements by the FCC necessitate a more thorough review of the nondiscrimination policy certification to be made in the renewal application.
Over the years, the FCC has reduced the amount of information that licensees are required to submit with their renewal applications, but the FCC requires licensees to make a series of certifications by which licensees confirm that they have complied with the FCC's rules.
Licensing a station for a small community with the intent of serving an urban metro is getting new scrutiny from the FCC.
To offset the cost of construction of this network, the bill looks to auction the 450MHz spectrum, but does not propose replacement spectrum for BAS use.
The council members will share ideas and recommendations on how to best harness technological innovations in the current business landscape.
One section says the FCC will now assign a docket number to any broadcast application for renewal, assignment or transfer as to which there is a timely filed petition to deny.
The date for the National EAS test has yet to be determined.
While the Local Community Radio Act has now been passed, the new law will not be implemented until the FCC completes the necessary steps to turn the legislative language into new rules.
Terrestrial repeaters have been authorized to operate in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Honolulu.
The effort was spearheaded by a group of community broadcasters and advocate groups including the Prometheus Radio Project.
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has taken an increasingly strident stand against radio stations that violate FCC rules in spite of the difficult financial straits of the industry.
The vote followed party lines 3-2.
Part of Copps' plan would reduce the license renewal period from eight to four years.
This deadlock began to develop shortly after the FM translator window in 2003, in which approximately 13,000 applications were filed.
The Technology Experience Center (FCC TEC), an on-site technology lab, will provide FCC employees and invited guests hands-on experience with the latest communications devices and solutions.