The FCC proposal to allow AM stations to broadcast on FM translators has been published in the Federal Register, triggering the public comment period.
If approved, AM broadcasters would be able to license and operate FM translators in some circumstances.
The rule changes would allow AM stations to operate FM translators to retransmit their AM service as a fill-in service, as long as no portion of the 60 dBu contour of the FM translator extends beyond the lesser of (a) the 2 mV/m daytime contour of the AM station, or (b) the 25-mile radius of the AM transmitter site.
The commission is asking for comment on several rule changes necessary, including eligibility and ownership issues and appropriate technical limitations. Also, in the Notice, the agency proposes to modify the rules to allow AM daytimers to originate programming on fill-in FM translators at night.
Comments on MB Docket No. 07-172 are due by Jan. 7, 2008.