FCC Opens REC Networks 250-Watt LPFM Proposal For Comments
May 18, 2015 at 8:22 AM (PT)
The FCC has opened for public comment the petition by MICHELLE BRADLEY's REC NETWORKS (NET NEWS 4/25) to allow a new class of 250-watt low-power FM stations. The proposal, which would allow the new class of stations to have service contours of up to 7.1 km, up from 5.6 km, would be an increase of the current maximum power for LPFMs of 100 watts. The petitioner suggests that as many as 75% of current LP-100 stations could upgrade to the higher power.
Comments are due at the Commission within 30 days of FRIDAY; the petition has been given number RM-11749. A rival organization of LPFMs, the LPFM ADVOCACY GROUP, headed by DAVE SOLOMON, has criticized the proposal for not including LPFMs in the noncommercial reserved band.