AK Translators in Jeopardy

AK Translators in Jeopardy
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Peninsula Communications has 60 days to bring two of its translators in Seward, Alaska into compliance with FCC rules or turn them off. This case began in 1992, when the commission originally allowed Seward to build the translators to re-transmit the signals of FMs KPEN/Kenai, Alaska and KWVV/Homer. At the time, KSWD(AM) provided the only signal to Seward.
In the late 90s, the agency decided the waivers to its translator rules that allowed Peninsula to have its CPs "were not warranted," citing more signals are now received in Seward. It revoked the waivers. Peninsula appealed, and argued there were not more signals coming into the area.
Meanwhile, Phoenix, the licensee of KSWD(AM) and KPFN(FM), said competition from the translators threatened its financial viability and siphons away roughly $5,000 a month in ad revenue, a claim which Peninsula did not dispute. The FCC agreed with Phoenix, and stated in its order that Peninsula failed to prove its case.


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