LPFM Needs your input! Comments Due by May 7th, 2012 

File your comments for the current LPFM proceeding 99-25.  This comment filing opportunity will close on May 7th with reply comments due by May 21st, so please do not procrastinate.  Your comments will help shape the new LPFM service.  Your comments and data are not retained by this system and are transferred directly into the FCC’s ECFS system instantly when you press submit.

Some key points  and items the FCC is  considering that you may want to comment on:

  • Upgrade service to 250 watts for new and existing LPFM Stations
  • Consideration of a waiver system to allow second adjacent waiver filings where a fully spaced LPFM is not available.
  • Removal of LP-10 CLass – replacing with LP-250 Class
  • Removal of I .F.  Channel Minimum Distance Separation Requirements
  • Requirement Tha t  Applicant Be Community-Based
  • Eligibility of  Native Nations
  • Cross-Ownership (LPFM stations / Translator Stations)
  • Multiple Ownership (For native nations)
  • Various changes to the Point System  & Eligibility 
  • Third-Adjacent Channel Interference Complaints and Remediation
  • LPFM Interference Protection and Remediation Requirements
  • Procedures for handling interference to translators by LPFM



These are the key points to consider – you will find each point and others explained in more detail in the FOURTH REPORT AND ORDER AND THIRD ORDER ON RECONSIDERATION and the FIFTH REPORT AND ORDER, FOURTH FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING AND FOURTH ORDER ON RECONSIDERATION
Proceeding: 99-25 In the Matter of Creation of a Low Power Radio Service ECFS Express

   
  




 

                  
 

Last year, Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act, directing the FCC to expand community radio. But where I live, the only channel(s) available for new Low Power FM (LPFM) community radio stations would receive interference from other nearby stations. In many other cities, the demand for community radio is much greater than the number of channels available.

Fortunately, Congress authorized the FCC to grant special waivers allowing LPFM stations in more locations, as long as these stations don’t cause interference to neighboring stations. These second adjacent frequency waivers would permit LPFM stations to use the same engineering standards that other FM radio services have used for years.

Using these modern engineering rules would open up hundreds of channels for community radio across the country. But incumbent broadcasters are trying to keep communities off the dial, demanding that LPFM stations play by different rules than their own stations enjoy.

In my area, we need second adjacent frequency waivers to have access to channels that won’t receive interference from other stations. Please give community radio a chance to thrive in my area and nationwide. As long as new stations won’t cause interference, all LPFM applicants should be able to use second adjacent frequency waivers.

Submitted through Conexus.fm & NexusBroadcast.com Comment System

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