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AM Use of FM Translators on Open Meeting Agenda


On the tentative agenda for the next open FCC meeting scheduled for July 2 is the use of FM translators by AM radio outlets as a fill-in service, effectively boosting their service areas. The NAB is supporting the change and says the use of translators would provide listeners improved AM programming.

The trade association also says permitting AM stations to operate FM translators would would further the Commission's policy goals of promoting competition, diversity, and localism.

The Commission's most recent reports on minority and female broadcast ownership show that there are at least 154 minority owners and at least 161 female owners that hold AM licensees for 438 stations. Improving AM service, NAB adds, can improve the public's access to information from these diverse sources.

Even though some parties have speculated that allowing AM stations using FM translators will somehow diminish the amounts of spectrum available for new Low Power FM services, NAB says there is no reason to believe that new LPFM services would have lesser access to spectrum.

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