MMTC Supports New AM Directional Rules
September 9, 2008 at 5:35 AM (PT)
The MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL has filed comments in the FCC's AM Directional Antenna Performance Verification proceeding (MM Docket 93-177) supporting the proposed use of computer modeling using moment method analysis to show DAs perform as authorized.
The MMTC notes that as of 2001, "5.9% of AM stations were minority owned, and a minority-owned station was 43% more likely to be an AM station than was a non minority-owned station." The letter calls the proposal, which would relieve AM stations of the duty to perform routine field strength measurements, a "model example of Section 257 at work for the benefit of increased diversity, competition, and streamlining the Commission’s regulatory processes for small businesses."