NPR Suggests Trial of LPFM Allocations; Seeks to Protect Reading Services

NPR Suggests Trial of LPFM Allocations; Seeks to Protect Reading Services
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NPR believes the federal government should try allowing low-power FM stations on third-adjacent channels, subject to certain safeguards.
"We believe that the best way for policymakers to implement LPFM is to begin with a measured trial period of interim LPFM service introduction," NPR stated. "We believe such a trial period would be important in documenting the successful strategies of interference remediation and avoidance where it counts - in the real world."
As reported earlier, NAB says the recent Mitre report to the FCC on the subject is so riddled with errors that it must not be used to allow LPFMs on third-adjacent channels.
NPR, too, says some of the testing methodology in the report is flawed, pointing to tests using receivers for radio reading services. Because of those impairments, NPR states, there can be no conclusion that 100-watt LPFMs could be authorized on third-adjacent channels to stations carrying radio reading services "without materially impairing the reading service."
NPR wants Congress to retain current protections for stations providing reading services.

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