May 02 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In resolving interference disputes between FM translators and full-power FM stations, the FCC is considering limitations in which interference complaints will be considered. 

The FCC, in a draft notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) expected to be adopted by the Commission on May 10th, suggests limiting the distance outside of a radio station’s contour at which interference complaints will be addressed. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney John Garziglia discussed the proposal with Communications Daily. Garziglia, who represents numerous broadcast stations involved in interference complaints, said such limits may make sense. 

He tells Communications Daily that FM translators “are the only service for which the FCC has ‘subjective’ interference standards.”

In addition, the FCC is considering requiring at least six complaints to establish actionable interference. But Garziglia said that this threshold doesn’t eliminate possible abuse of the complaint process. He said the FCC should allow “challenges to the validity of complaints, and more investigation of their objectivity,” according to Communications Daily.

Click here to read “Limits on Complaints Could Be Contentious in Translator Interference Rulemaking” in Communications Daily (subscription required).

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