FCC Move To Terminate Some Proceedings Draws Objections In Two Cases
April 9, 2012 at 4:46 AM (PT)
The NEW JERSEY BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION has filed comments with the FCC in its CG Docket No. 12-39 terminating certain proceedings as dormant, asking the Commission to reopen the proceeding based on its petition asking for increased interference protection for NEW JERSEY FMs against FM translators and LPFMs.
"Although the Petition was filed almost eight years ago, the Association has yet to receive any response from the Commission," the comments state. "As demonstrably shown in our 2004 filing, many of our NEW JERSEY stations have nearly half their audience residing outside their protected contours. Accordingly, special consideration should always be afforded NEW JERSEY broadcasters in the zealous protection of these effective contours to insure adequate local news coverage and sufficient emergency communications capability to the audiences the serve." The NJBA points out that the reason the petition is dormant is that the Commission, after opening the petition for comments, "never acted on it over the ensuing 8 years."
In the same docket, the UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION, CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER, MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT, BENTON FOUNDATION, and FREE PRESS are asking the FCC not to terminate a proceeding that would add "enhanced" public notice requirements for sale or transfer of broadcast licenses. The proposed change would require the notices to offer information on how to file objections, comments, and petitions to deny against the sales.