Apr 13 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A proposal from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on revising the process for resolving interference complaints between FM translators and full-power stations needs to protect local stations from interference complaints from distant, full-power stations.

That is what Womble Bond Dickinson Telecom attorney John Garziglia told Communications Daily. Pai recently announced a draft NRPM seeking comment on allowing translator stations to move to available frequencies via a minor modification application. The draft NRPM also proposes requiring a minimum number of interference complaints against a translator.

Garziglia told Communications Daily that the FCC should “‘protect local listeners’ from losing access to their nearby stations over interference complaints filed by far away full-power stations.” 

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.