LPFM and FM translators given new latitude 

The commission has always been subject to political influence—as an agency created and funded by Congress, this is to be expected—but a blatant rule override to accommodate a politically connected illegal operator is discouraging to the honest broadcasters.

License? Who needs a license? 

A pirate LPFM station in Goldfield, NV, operated by Rod Moses, has shown radio pirates how to circumvent the FCC rules.

Mid-term EEO reports due for some 

As long as the licensee has been preparing its annual EEO public file reports—a requirement for all stations that have five or more full-time employees—and those reports indicate that EEO-sensitive recruitment procedures have been followed except in extraordinary situations, no compliance issues should arise.

More on AM and FM allocation rule changes 

FCC Update covered the major elements of the new rules in the January issue of Radio magazine. Here are some clarifications of the matters previously covered as well as some new insights into the FCC's order.

AM/FM allotment processes revised 

In November the Commission adopted rules that streamline the way in which the communities of license of existing AM and FM stations can be changed. The

Living with your license 

Your new or latest station license has arrived. How you deal with it can have a huge effect on your future.

Fight over Flight 

In the past year, the Avian Group has filed a petition to the FCC to halt licensing and license renewals for all communications towers in the Gulf Coast region, as well as a suit against the FCC regarding seven towers in Hawaii that are alleged to be harming two endangered bird species.

New reporting rules for Internet streamers 

Since April 2004 Internet radio stations were supposed to be keeping detailed records about the songs they were playing. The problem was that the CRB had not specified what was to be done with those records...until now. What's worse is that the reporting requirement may completely kill Internet streaming altogether.

FCC uses terrain data in NCE-FM channel reservations 

Petitioners proposing to reserve FM allotments for noncommercial use will now be able to use actual terrain data to show compliance with the first and second local service requirement.

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.

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

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.

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.

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