LMCC Asks FCC to Ensure LPTV Stations Protect LMR Communications
Thursday, January 13, 2022 | Comments

The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) sent a letter to the FCC’s Media Bureau asking it to ensure that any requests to relocate low-power TV (LPTV) stations will comply with rules to protect incumbent wireless systems.

“Recent interference issues involving broadcast and land mobile stations have made LMCC members wary of any proposed changes to LPTV channels and locations, and the LMCC trusts that changes to LPTV licenses will be reviewed for compliance with Rule Section 73.623(e) that mandates minimum separation distances between land mobile and adjacent digital television (DTV) stations,” the LMCC said in a statement.

The LMCC also said it supports the enforcement of Rule 73.687(e)(4)(ii), which requires channel 14 TV permittees to install filters and take other steps to ensure, and show evidence of it, that there is no interference to land mobile operations before they can transmit programming.

In the letter, the LMCC said it was writing in response to an article that indicated that the FCC might allow greater flexibility for broadcasters to switch channels and markets, possibly through a new filing window.

“The LMCC supports increased regulatory flexibility generally and has no objection to it in this instance,” the letter said. “However, in light of recent issues involving broadcast and land mobile stations, the LMCC expects any proposed changes to LPTV channels or locations will be scrutinized carefully for compliance with the following FCC rules.”

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