FCC Report 4/22: Agency To Adjust Translator Interference Rules

FCC Federal Communications Commission RadioInsight Premium ReportThe FCC is proposing an adjustment of its rules in regards of translator interference complaints.

In partially adopting a rulemaking originally proposed by the National Association of Broadcasters and Aztec Capital Partners, the FCC would allow translator causing interference to make a change to any available frequency as opposed to just the minor changes allowed now. It will also require six legitimate interference complaints as opposed to just the one with all complaints required to demonstrate that they are a “regular listener” and is not connected to the affected station. Translators would also be protected if the interference claim comes from outside the affected station’s 54dBu contour.

The agency is also proposing to streamline or eliminate the rule that requires stations to post their license “in a conspicuous place, and in such a manner that all terms are visible at the place the licensee considers to be the principal control point of the transmitter”.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.