Press Communications To FCC: Put LPFM On TV Channels 2-6
September 27, 2005 at 10:00 AM (PT)
PRESS COMMUNICATIONS files comments in the FCC's LPFM proceeding making a novel suggestion to solve the interference dispute between full-power broadcasters and LP interests: use low-band VHF TV channels' bandwidth for LPFM.
TV channels 2-6 are scheduled to be mostly abandoned as stations switch to digital, because the channels are unsuitable for digital broadcasts; PRESS, owner of stations at the NEW JERSEY shore and a longtime activist in FM interference issues at the FCC, notes that using low-band VHF channels would provide LPFMs with "an uncluttered span of spectrum to operate while avoiding any interference to full service FM commercial broadcast stations. A television channel is 6 MHz wide. Because FM channels use 0.2 MHz spacing, if a low-band VHF channel is allocated for LPFM and other secondary uses, as many as 30 new FM channels would be made available for LPFM service." PRESS says that such a move is preferable to allowing LPFMs to interfere with full-power FMs beyond the latter stations' 70 dBu contour, especially for Class A stations, up to 50% of the audience for which may live outside the stations' 60 dBu contours
Read the filing by clicking here.