Comments Due May 7 on LPFM, FM Translators

FCC asks for public input on ‘acceptable’ interference from LPFMs to full-power FMs
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Public comments on how the FCC should adapt its low-power FM and FM translator rules are due to the by FCC May 7 and replies by May 21.

Federal Register publication of the proposed rulemaking triggered the deadlines.

Davis Wright Tremaine attorney David Oxenford writes in a blog post that determining how much interference to full-power FMs from LPFMs is “acceptable” is one of the big questions the agency is wrestling with.

The agency eliminated mileage separation limits on third-adjacent channel spacings between LPFMs and full-power FMs as required by the Local Radio Community Act.

The FCC also proposed interference remediation procedures for LPFMs that cause harmful interference to full-power FMs and asks for comments on that as well as proposed rules to do away with the 10-watt LPFMs and whether the commission should allow up to 250 watt LPFMs in rural areas.

The docket to file comments on LPFMs and FM translators is 99-25.

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