Second Further Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking In The Revitalization Of AM Radio Service

This Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, as part of the FCC’s ongoing effort to assist AM broadcast stations in providing full-time service to their local communities, sets forth revised alternative proposals regarding interference protection to Class A AM radio stations. The Commission, in the Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making in this proceeding, sought comment on technical proposals to reduce the nighttime protection afforded to wide-area coverage Class A stations, to enable more local AM stations to increase their nighttime service that is currently curtailed by the need to protect Class A stations’ service areas. While many commenters supported or rejected the Commission’s proposals as set forth in the AMR FNPRM, a number of commenters proposed thoughtful and evidence-based alternatives to the Commission’s proposals. See attached Public Notice for additional details.

Media Bureau Announces Information Webinar For Broadcast Incubator Program

The Media Bureau announced an upcoming webinar to provide information about the Commission’s recently implemented radio broadcast incubator program. The Commission’s novel incubator program is designed to support new and small entrants in the radio broadcasting industry by pairing potential new entrants or struggling small broadcasters with larger more experienced broadcasters. The free webinar will inform potential participants — both those who seek to be incubated and potential incubators –about the basic elements of the program, including the applicable eligibility standards, the application process, and the guidelines for successful completion of the program. The webinar will also discuss what steps interested parties can take to prepare for incubation.

The WebEx webinar will be held at 1:00 pm, EDT, on October 30, 2018. See Public Notice for registration and live-streaming details.

Two-Week Extension Of Filing Window For Earth Stations In The 3.7-4.2 GHz Band

The FCC announced a two-week extension, through October 31, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band. The Bureau had previously announced that the filing window for earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band would close on October 17, 2018. However, due to the large influx of earth station applications filed near the deadline, the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) had experienced intermittent difficulties that have prevented some applicants from filing for license or registration. The Bureau decided to extend the filing window for an additional two weeks, through October 31, 2018, to accommodate filers who are unable to file by October 17.