DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEMS AND THEIRIMPACT ON THE TERRESTRIAL RADIO BROADCASTING SERVICE

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted a Second Report and Order, First Order on Reconsideration, and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order) that will advance the offering of digital radio services to American consumers, as part of the broader digital migration that is underway across all media. The Second Report and Order adopts several rules that will allow terrestrial radio broadcasters to provide increased local services to their communities.

COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED RULES PERMITTING ANTENNA MODELING TO VERIFY AM DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA PERFORMANCE (Docket No 93-177)

In late 2006 and early 2007, an ad hoc technical group of radio broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, and broadcast consulting engineers, acting collectively as the AM Directional Antenna Performance Verification Coalition (“Coalition”), convened to assess previous comments and to refresh the record in the Commission’s directional antenna proceeding. On May 4, 2007, the Coalition submitted recommendations to the Commission. The Coalition requests rule changes to permit applicants to use moment method computer modeling to demonstrate that AM directional antennas perform as authorized. The proposed rules also would permit use of moment method modeling to assess the effects of tower construction in proximity to AM antennas. Continue reading “COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED RULES PERMITTING ANTENNA MODELING TO VERIFY AM DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA PERFORMANCE (Docket No 93-177)”

THIRD PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION (Dkt No. 07-91).

Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full-power broadcast stations must transmit only in digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals. With this Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“Notice”), the FCC begins the third periodic review of the transition of the nation’s broadcast television system from analog to digital television (“DTV”). The FCC conducts these periodic reviews in order to assess the progress of the transition and make any necessary adjustments to the Commission’s rules and policies to facilitate the introduction of DTV service and the recovery of spectrum at the end of the transition. Here, the FCC considers how to ensure that broadcasters complete construction of their final, post-transition (digital) facilities by the statutory deadline. Continue reading “THIRD PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION (Dkt No. 07-91).”

FCC DENIES WAIVER REQUESTS BY CLARITY MEDIA SYSTEMS, LLC TO OPERATE "TRUCKER TV" STATIONS AT FLYING J TRAVEL PLAZAS

FCC denies Clarity Media’s waiver request of a waiver of the Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) rules, FCC Part 78, in order to create a new video programming service in the 2025-2110 MHz band. Continue reading “FCC DENIES WAIVER REQUESTS BY CLARITY MEDIA SYSTEMS, LLC TO OPERATE "TRUCKER TV" STATIONS AT FLYING J TRAVEL PLAZAS”