A Change in Interference Protection Rules?

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Moreover, the parties noted that the adoption of the proposed rules could result in the inability of broadcasters to make future minor changes to their facilities. Since it is common for broadcasters to change their transmitter sites based on landlord disputes and zoning issues, the parties argued that the proposed changes could make future modification more difficult, perhaps forcing a station to reduce power if it was hemmed in by surrounding stations. Finally, the parties noted that the recent changes in the Rural Radio proceeding were meant to foreclose more movement of radio stations into the urban markets, and the proposed rules would likely encourage more changes of this sort.

The next step will be for the FCC to decide whether to proceed and issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Given the impact of the proposed rule changes, it is likely that there will be more activity in the next stage should the Commission proceed.


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Dec. 16, 2011: Stations in Georgia and Alabama continue running License Renewal Post-Filing Announcements on Dec. 16, 2011, and Jan. 1 and 16, Feb. 1 and 16, 2012.

Dec. 16, 2011: Stations located in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi continue running their pre-filing announcements on Dec. 16, Jan. 1 and 16, 2012.

Dec. 27, 2011: EAS participants must submit reports on the results of the first Nationwide EAS Test held on Nov. 9, 2011.

Feb. 1, 2012: Stations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi file License Renewal Application and EEO Program Report. Noncommercial stations also file their Biennial Ownership Report (FCC 323-E).

Petro is of counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP. Email: lee.petro@dbr.com.

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