FCC Opens Comment Window on PSRA/PSSA Rulemaking 

A petition from Ed Schober of Radiotechniques Engineering to modify the pre-sunrise and post-sunset authority rules for AM broadcast stations has been opened for comment with the FCC.

FCC Issues EAS Order 

From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS.

FCC Issues EAS Order 

The FCC's update to the Emergency Alert System rules, which has been stalled for some time, has been released. From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS. The protocol will be required for use once FEMA formally adopts it.

Low-power follow-up 

Larry Fuss wrote a letter to Senator Harry Reid about the senator's involvement in obtaining a licensed for a pirate radio station. Fuss shares the senator's reply with us.

New directional measurement techniques proposed 

A group of broadcasters, consultants and manufacturers have petitioned the FCC to allow moment method modeling of AM directional arrays as a ways to reduce the burden of taking field strength readings in determining coverage.

Being duly diligent in station operations 

Take some time to ensure that basic legal and FCC rule obligations are met when taking over as the chief operator at a station.

FCC Issues NPRM on XM/Sirius Merger 

The FCC has issued a request for comments on the proposed XM/Sirius merger.

FCC Announces Agenda for Public Hearing on Localism 

The Federal Communications Commission released further details of its previously announced Portland, ME, field hearing regarding localism. The hearing will be held on June 28 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Portland High School.

FCC Adopts Order Implementing Katrina Panel Recommendations 

On May 31, the Federal Communications Commission implemented various recommendations of the FCC's Independent panel reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on communications networks.

FCC Issues Details of June 28, 2007, Localism Hearing 

FCC to Hold Localism Hearing in Portland, ME 

Federal Communications Commission will hold a localism hearing in the afternoon and evening in Portland, ME, on June 28, 2007.

FCC Seeks Comments on Sat Radio Merger 

On March 20, 2007, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio submitted applications seeking consent to transfer control of its FCC licenses and authorizations pursuant to an agreement and plan of merger from Feb. 19, 2007.

FCC Releases Second R&O on EAS 

According to a release from the FCC, the order promotes the development of fully digital next generation technologies and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.

FCC acts on noncommercial applications, announces window 

In March, the FCC announced that a filing window for new and major-change NCE-FM applications will be opened in October.

FCC Releases Rules for IBOC 

Many of the details of the ruling were posted in the Radio Currents after they were adopted. This is to provide a link to the text.

Follow up: FCC DIRS Training 

The FCC's Disaster Information Reporting System for various communications services is being developed to better prepare the government to disseminate information during a major disaster. The FCC conducted a training session on the system on May 23. The new system will serve as a focal point for information on the condition of communications infrastructure in affected areas. DIRS will only be activated for catastrophic situations.

FCC to Offer Training on Disaster Information Reporting System 

The FCC is in the process of implementing the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), a system that help the government respond to disasters by providing the necessary materials and supplies for communications needs where they are needed most.

Broadcasters Jointly File to Modify AM Rules 

FCC Gives Reprieve to AM Daytimers 

AM daytimers enjoyed a reprieve from pre-sunrise/post-sunset power reductions that might otherwise have been imposed on them on March 11, 2007. The reprieve

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.

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