Deadlines have been set to give the FCC your feedback on its proposed changes to technical rules for broadcast radio.
Comments are due Sept. 7, and reply comments are due Sept. 20. You can file via the FCC comment system. Click “Submit a Filing,” and enter 21-263 in the Proceeding field.
The commission wants to change a section of the rules to remove the maximum rated transmitter power limit for AM stations.
It wants to change two sections to “harmonize” with the NCE FM community coverage standard in another section.
Another change would eliminate a rule that involves FM transmitter interference to nearby antennas.
Also, the FCC wants to change a section that sets out signal strength contour overlap requirements for NCE FM Class D stations to be consistent across different station classes.
It proposes to delete a requirement that stations in the 76–100 MHz band protect common carrier services in Alaska.
It plans to tweak the definition of “AM fill-in area” in one part of the rules to conform to the requirement in another part.
And it proposes to amend the allocation and power limitations for broadcast stations within 320 kilometers/200 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders to comply with current treaty provisions.