On October 21, 2015 the FCC adopted a First Report and Order (First R&O), Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM), and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in the matter of Revitalization of the AM Service, MM Docket No. 13-249. The text has been published. Don Everist, AFCCE’s FCC Liaison, has prepared a helpful preliminary overview of FCC actions and proposals, showing how they align with views as stated in AFCCE comments and reply comments submitted in the Docket in early 2014.
The First R&O initiates a process whereby AM licensees and permittees may file FM translator modification applications in 2016, and applications for new FM translators by auction in 2017. It also relaxes daytime and nighttime community coverage standards, eliminates the “ratchet rule,” allows wider use of Modulation Dependent Carrier Level control technologies, and reduces AM antenna efficiency standards by 25 percent.
The FNPRM proposes modifying AM protection standards, revising the rule on siting of FM cross-service fill-in translators, modifying partial proof of performance rules, modifying rules for Method of Moments proofs, and requiring surrender of licenses by dual expanded band / standard band licensees.
The NOI seeks comment on issues related to opening the Expanded Band to further development. Comment is also sought on possibly modifying the main studio rule.
If you think AFCCE should seek reconsideration of the First R&O, or should take a position in the FNPRM or NOI, please let us know your specific suggestions as soon as possible, ideally including draft filing text. You can do so as comments to this post for others to see. Or, you can send your comments to Steve Crowley, AFCCE’s Engineering Rules and Standards Committee chairman, at [email protected]. Please submit comments on the First R&O by November 20, 2015, and comments on the FNPRM and NOI by December 4, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Steve.