NAB Focuses On Second-Adjacent Channel Spacing Waivers In LPFM Comments To FCC
May 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM (PT)
The NAB's comments in the Low Power FM proceeding at the FCC focus on second-adjacent channel spacing requirements and asks the Commission to grant waivers of the spacing rules only in "truly unusual circumstances."
"Second-adjacent channel waivers must be rare so as to preserve listeners’ expectations of clear, crisp sound quality from local FM radio stations," the NAB writes, adding, "The plain language and structure of the (Local Community Radio Act) demonstrate that Congress intended to allow LPFM stations to operate on third-adjacent channels, but in general, no closer on the dial to full-service FM stations."
"Granting waivers of the second-adjacent channel distance separation rules too freely," adds the NAB, "would undermine the technical integrity of FM service. Most importantly, a more congested FM band would harm audio quality and potentially disrupt the expectations of listeners."