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N.J. Broadcasters Oppose Five LPFMs

N.J. Broadcasters Oppose Five LPFMs

The New Jersey Broadcasters Association has asked the FCC not to issue licenses to five LPFMs and translator stations in the state, citing interference concerns. The group also is reviewing a sixth regarding potential interference with existing FMs.
The commission is considering granting licenses for translators and LPFMs in Atlantic Highlands, Cape May, Clinton, Hackettstown, Lakewood, Long Branch, Pompton Lakes and Netcong. NJBA President Philip Roberts said five of the applications, those in Atlantic Highlands, Clinton, Hackettstown, Netcong and Pompton Lakes, would interfere with broadcast signals of existing member stations in the impacted areas.
“Two of the remaining stations will not interfere with existing New Jersey broadcast outlets and, therefore, NJBA has no objections to the issuance of permits,” Roberts said. “In the case of the Lakewood translator, we are gathering interference data to determine if a petition to deny is warranted.”
NJBA said it does not object to the addition of translators or new low-power frequencies as long as those additions do not interfere with signals of existing stations.