WASHINGTON, D.C.—The FCC’s FM translator windows for AM stations could lead to interference complaints from stations already on the FM band.

FM translators rebroadcast the signal of AM stations. However, those signals aren’t allowed to interfere with existing FM stations, and the influx of FM translators could result in conflicts between those two broadcasters.

Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney John Garziglia discussed the issue with Communications Daily (subscription required). He said if translator wants to fight an interference complaint, that process can be “difficult, arduous and expensive.”

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.


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