FM Translator Interference NPRM

Posted on September 27th, 2018 by

The FCC is still digging through nearly 100 comments and reply comments it received in its proceeding to modify how FM translator interference complaints should be processed and decided. A wide variety of organizations provided comments to the FCC.

Hundreds of new FM translators have been authorized for use by AM stations in the last two years, and many of those are now becoming operational. FM translators are secondary services, and are prohibited from causing actual interference to pre-existing FM translators and full-power FM stations. The FCC’s proceeding attempts to balance the Commission’s AM revitalization efforts with the rights of pre-existing and full power FM stations.

We anticipate a decision by the FCC later this year, and are particularly interested to see how existing complaints will be processed after new rules are adopted.