FCC Approves HD Radio Power Increase 

In authorizing the increase, the Commission brushed aside most of the interference concerns raised by non-HD Radio stations.

McNerney introduces House Companion Bill to S.2881 

Jerry McNerney of California introduced the legislation, which was promoted by the SBE.

Annual National EAS Test Proposed 

Under the proposed rules, all EAS participants will have to tell the FCC whether they received the test, whether they retransmitted it, and if there was a problem, exactly what that was.

FCC Extends EAS Reply Comment Date 

An additional two weeks have been granted to file comments and reply comments on EB Docket No. 04-296.

Back to the Drawing Board for Form 323 

On Dec. 23, 2009, the FCC again postponed the filing deadline for commercial station biennial ownership reports, this time indefinitely.

FCC Issues Further NPRM to Nationally Test EAS 

The FCC, FEMA, the NWS and the EOP have begun planning for a national EAS test, with subsequent tests to occur thereafter.

Technical support at the FCC...finally 

Senate bill S.2881 -- the FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act -- aims to provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.

LPFM relief bill nears passage 

The bill is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate. A corresponding House bill cleared Committee in mid-October. Assuming the White House approves, too, third-adjacent channel protections could be repealed during the first quarter of 2010.

NPR asks FCC to end TV-6 protection rules 

The NPR proposal is unrelated to the proposals of the Minority Media and Communications Council and the Broadcast Maximization Committee, which want the FCC to look into the allocation of current TV-5 and TV-6 spectrum for use by radio broadcasters.

Engineers propose abandonment of ratchet rule 

The ratchet rule was adopted in the early 1990s as part of an effort to reduce interference in the AM band.

New Form 323 to require multiple FRNs 

The most striking proposed change is that the new Form 323 requires that every person or entity holding an “attributable” interest must have his/her/its own FRN which must in turn be reported in the new form.

FCC approves AM station rebroadcasts on FM translators 

Under the new rules, AM stations may rebroadcast on "currently authorized" translators in the non-reserved portion of the FM band.

AM stations authorized to use FM translators 

Under the new rules, AM stations may rebroadcast only on "currently authorized" commercial-band FM translators.

Living with the FCC - a History 

John Battison looks back on the early days of the FRC and the FCC, recalling some of the simpler times and possibly better methods of another time.

FCC changing ownership reporting requirements 

The shift in reporting requirements, and a change to new reporting forms, arises from concern about the relatively low percentages of minority individuals and females among the ranks of broadcast owners.

FCC proposes overhaul of AM/FM allocation standards 

The core changes deal with the priorities applied under Section 307(b) of the Communications Act when proposals for new stations or community changes are being considered.

Relaxation of LPFM interference standards 

Two bills introduced in Congress would statutorily eliminate LPFM's third-adjacent channel protections to full-power FM stations.

Filing fees, moment method modeling and broadcasting phone calls 

The FCC was not able to implement the new application fees in January, so despite the Federal Register notice the agency has continued to charge the old fees. But the latest announced implementation date, April 28, is firm.

FCC cracks down on noncommercial "commercials" 

What precisely constitutes a commercial is not easily determined. Generally NCE stations cannot accept payment in return for the on-air promotion of commercial activities.

When does an omni antenna become a DA? 

In a recently-filed petition against an FM station modification, an issue was raised as to whether a proposed omnidirectional antenna should be treated as directional due to pattern distortion resulting from tower mounting and compensating antenna design features.

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