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Reconsideration of FCC’s Rural Radio Decision – Making It Difficult to Move a Radio Station from a Rural to an Urban Area

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 10:43 pm

Moving a station from a rural area into a more urban one was a fairly common occurrence until the recent recession – when the value of new "move-in" stations in many larger markets essentially collapsed. Soon after the collapse, the FCC stepped in to stop what the marketplace had already severely slowed, by effectively prohibiting the practice of moving stations into urbanized areas.  In its Rural Radio Order (which we summarized here), the Commission adopted “presumptions” that eliminated preferences that applicants had received for proposing a new service to large suburban communities, and preferences based solely on the number of people that a modified station would serve. A number of parties (including ones that I represented), sought reconsideration of the FCC’s order, challenging both the theory of the FCC order and some of the details. On Friday, the FCC issued its order on reconsideration, denying any fundamental changes in the policy, but clarifying some of the details of the showings to be made in evaluating city of license changes for broadcast stations, and also grandfathering under the old rules more of the applications that were pending when the new rules were adopted.

Before discussing the changes, it is worth reviewing the Commission’s processes for deciding which of competing proposals for new FM channels in different communities should be granted, and whether the change in the city of license of an existing station is in the public interest. These choices are governed by Section 307(b) of the Communications Act and the substantial case law that has built up at the FCC around that section. Section 307(b) requires that the Commission make a “fair, efficient and equitable” distribution of radio service among the states and communities. Over the years, the FCC has adopted standards for determining how to make this distribution – favoring applications that propose a “first local reception service” (or service to “white areas” – those that currently receive no predicted service from other stations), net favoring a second reception service, next giving a preference to those providing a “first transmission service” (i.e. a first station licensed to a community). Finally, if none of the preceding preferences come into play, the Commission looks at “other public interest factors” – usually the total population served by a proposal, including an evaluation of the other services from other stations available in both the gain and loss area of a proposed facility move (or in the proposed coverage areas of the new allotments that the Commission is evaluating). 

In the Rural Radio order, the FCC reversed over 20 years of practice and reverted to an old presumption, that any applicant proposing service to a community in an urbanized area was not proposing a first local service to that community (and was thus not entitled to a preference for a “first local transmission service”), but was instead proposing just another service to the larger urbanized area. The Commission went further, also holding that any proposal which would cover 50% of the urbanized area with a signal, or even where there was a location from which 50% or more of the urbanized area could be covered (even if that location wasn’t specified in the application), would be considered just another service to the urbanized area.  This eliminates any preference for an applicant proposing to provide a first transmission service to any large suburban community. 

Moreover, in the evaluation of “other public interest factors,” the Commission concluded that just serving more people – even if a proposal would serve substantially more people – would not necessarily be decisive if the areas deprived of service by a city of license change were substantial and relatively underserved by other radio stations.  See the decision that we summarized here for an indication how this new procedure affected proposed move-ins.

In effect, these changes made it difficult, if not impossible, to move a station from a rural to an urbanized area.

What did the Commission change in the Reconsideration? The principal changes came in determining how to measure existing service in making the calculations as to whether an area is well-served or not, and in the grandfathering of applications that were pending at the time of the first order in the rural radio proceeding.

The Commission told applicants preparing showings counting other services in gain or loss areas to measure the other services based on their actual facilities – not based on their theoretical maximum facilities for their class of service, as had been the prior practice. In addition, the coverage for the new station should be measured from its proposed transmitter site, not from the “allocations coordinates” for the channel on which it will operate, as had been the process before the rule change. Finally, measurements of all AM stations are to use their daytime 2.0 mv/m contours, not the .5 mv/m contour that had been used for rural coverage in the past.

The Commission also determined that the grandfathering provisions of the new rules should be extended to include applications filed before the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding was issued by the FCC. The initial order had only allowed AM applications for new stations or major changes filed in the last AM window to be processed under the old rules. After a number of waiver requests were filed claiming that other applicants had spent just as much or more on their application process before the new rules were in place, the Commission seemed to conclude that the grandfathering provisions did not go far enough in protecting the expectations of applicants who had filed for city of license changes under the old rules. However, once the NPRM had been released, proposals filed thereafter, were deemed to be on notice of the proposed changes and thus not protected (with the limited exception of those proposals that were granted before the Rural Radio order was released, even if those grants had not yet become final) .

But any fundamental review of the underlying premises for the Rural Radio order was not to be. Parties (including those that I represented) questioned the fundamental premises of the order. These parties argued, among other things, that the need for new services in urban areas was actually greater than that in rural areas. On a per capita basis, the number of radio services that exist in urban areas is less than what exists in rural areas. Program choices, through satellite and the Internet, provide access to more entertainment channels no matter where one lives. But in urban areas, there are more needs for diverse programming choices, through radio stations that can target specific demographic group - groups that will have insufficient members in rural areas to economically support niche services. Economics will dictate where the best use of radio channels will be.

The Commission did not dispute the assertion that, on a per capita basis, there were fewer stations in urban areas than in rural ones. But, as an absolute number, the FCC decided that it was more important to provide listeners with programming choices in these rural areas – even if there are fewer people to listen to these stations. The Commission did not address how broadcasters were supposed to be able to economically support these competitive stations in rural areas. The more you slice a smaller audience, the harder it is to economically support each station in that smaller market.  However, the Commission rejected these arguments, leaving these arguments for individualized waiver argument in specific cases of economic hardship at some future date.

In any event, the rural radio decision seems to be the law of the land (see this recent case decided just before the reconsideration decision applying its presumptions on an appeal of the case to which we linked above). But, in evaluating applications and how they fit under the policies set out in the decision, broadcasters need to take into account the changes made in this reconsideration order.

News : LOOK: Macbeth Footwear Offers Free Compilation w/ PK, Mrs. Magician & More

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 9:46 pm
LOOK: Macbeth Footwear Offers Free Compilation w/ PK, Mrs. Magician & More

Macbeth Footwear, the San Diego-based fashion line of vegan sneakers, hoodies, wallets, and other sweet accessories and apparel, would like to celebrate its well-deserved 10-year anniversary by offering you their "Thank You Compilation Playlist"—on the house.

To obtain your new favorite mix CD—which includes tracks from artists such as AWOLNATION, David Kennedy (Angels and Airwaves), Mini Death, Riverboat Gamblers, Psychic Babble, and many more—all you have to do is enter your email address here. If you're in the mood to get your shopping on and splurge a bit, head over to Macbeth Footwear to purchase their latest kicks, such as the maroon and black-colored "Madrid" style, or retro-esque lime green and white "Brightons," which are both featured below. 

Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

News : LOOK: Macbeth Footwear Offers Free Compilation w/ PK, Mrs. Magician & More

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 9:46 pm
LOOK: Macbeth Footwear Offers Free Compilation w/ PK, Mrs. Magician & More

Macbeth Footwear, the San Diego-based fashion line of vegan sneakers, hoodies, wallets, and other sweet accessories and apparel, would like to celebrate its well-deserved 10-year anniversary by offering you their "Thank You Compilation Playlist"—on the house.

To obtain your new favorite mix CD—which includes tracks from artists such as AWOLNATION, David Kennedy (Angels and Airwaves), Mini Death, Riverboat Gamblers, Psychic Babble, and many more—all you have to do is enter your email address here. If you're in the mood to get your shopping on and splurge a bit, head over to Macbeth Footwear to purchase their latest kicks, such as the maroon and black-colored "Madrid" style, or retro-esque lime green and white "Brightons," which are both featured below. 

Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

Exclusives : 10 Years of FILTER: Issue #18 Revisited, Getting To Know Animal Collective

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 9:17 pm
10 Years of FILTER: Issue #18 Revisited, Getting To Know Animal Collective

2012 marks FILTER Magazine's tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.

Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER ISSUE #18, released in the Winter of 2005, we introduced you to a once little-known band by the name of Animal Collective. Here is a brief look at their career, then and now.


Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

Exclusives : 10 Years of FILTER: Issue #18 Revisited, Getting To Know Animal Collective

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 9:17 pm
10 Years of FILTER: Issue #18 Revisited, Getting To Know Animal Collective

2012 marks FILTER Magazine's tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.

Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER ISSUE #18, released in the Winter of 2005, we introduced you to a once little-known band by the name of Animal Collective. Here is a brief look at their career, then and now.


Continue reading at FILTERmagazine.com

Media : LISTEN: Stars Release Breakglass Version Of “Backlines” Before Rocking The Mayan, Thursday 10/18

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 8:46 pm
LISTEN: Stars Release Breakglass Version Of “Backlines” Before Rocking The Mayan, Thursday 10/18

Los Angeles residents and rockers are looking forward to Stars' show at The Mayan Theater tomorrow night (presented by KCRW) with great anticipation—and if they are smart, they're cutting down on liquids until then, because the excitement is borderline explosive. We currently dehydrated fans have been enjoying Stars' newest record, The North, since early September, and now, there is an even more addictive and raw version of track two, "Backlines," available for download via KCRW

It's pretty obvious why FILTER's fallen hard for this Canadian indie-pop quintet; they give the best love advice. For a refresher, listen to another awesome track from The North, "Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It," below.

Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

On the heels of his latest sound pack, Wehbba gives us some awesome production tips

Delivered... Matt Ferry | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 8:00 pm
For the past eight years, Rodolfo Wehba has quietly cultivated his signature blend of swingin' South American-styled tech-house. Releasing his tracks through a stable of labels as expansive as the Andes, Wehbba's reach in the global dance movement has expanded beyond his native home of Sao Paulo and made an international impact in the tech-house scene. Hot off the release of his latest pack, Riemann Kollektion 11, Wehbba had a moment to hook us up with some of his top tips for producers in today's saturated dance-music climate.

Media : MP3: FIDLAR Offer Up Free Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom EP

Delivered... info@filtermmm.com | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 7:24 pm
MP3: FIDLAR Offer Up Free Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom EP

FIDLAR have once again delivered a nice treat for all of your ears.

Recently the California dudes posted up a free EP titled Shit We Recorded In Our Bedroom. By free, you do have to pay with your email, but that's a pretty small price.

Stream the tracks below and pop your info for some full on rage.

FIDLAR's debut LP will hit the shelves in early 2013 via Mom + Pop.

Enjoy at FILTERmagazine.com

Berlin house producer Jack Dixon chats with us and preps his new Hotflush EP

Delivered... Dan Cole | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 7:00 pm
Jack Dixon has always been one of those eclectic producers whose sound has been hard to pin down. It extends from his housier floor-filling beats (like his latest on Leftroom) through to the very London-sounding "Adrian," a record that has helped define the growing UK bass-music scene. Having recently joined the exodus of house musicians moving from London to Berlin, Dixon is preparing to release his new 12" on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings. We caught up with him to get the rundown on where it all began.

We talk with Antiserum and Mayhem about combining forces and genres on "BayTL Dub"

Delivered... Sean Lewis | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 6:00 pm
One thing can be said for the dubstep explosion: it's changed the acceptable speed of dance music forever. Saying it has seeded all of the mildly paced genres that have followed in its path probably isn't a winnable argument, but clearly some of the midtempo madness happening right now owes some debt to the dubstep aftermath. Taking a page out of that book is the latest from San Francisco's Antiserum and Atlanta's Mayhem. Both producers have come together to combine forces, influences, and genres on their latest, "BayTL Dub," which just dropped on the Los Angeles-based SMOG label.

Watch Ty Segall – Thank God for Sinners On Conan O’Brien (video)

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 5:30 pm
Ty Segall makes his late night TV debut, and he makes it on Conan.

Dave Hartley From The War On Drugs Has New Music Arriving as Nightlands Next Year, Listen to A Preview

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 5:30 pm
It's an echoey indie pop kind of thing, reminiscent of 70's California pop.

PVT Announce New Album, Check Out Their "Throbbing Vintage" New Song

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 5:30 pm
It uses found-sound samples and "throbbing vintage drum machines," so it sounds like we are off to a fast and interesting start.

A studio session with Claude VonStroke

Delivered... RA - The Feed | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 5:00 pm
XLR8R visit the Dirtybird boss's brand new LA studio, taking an up-close look at his favourite gear and production methods.

New Grooveshark Goes Live With Tools For Independent Musicians and Social Media Upgrade

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Wed 17 Oct 2012 4:30 pm
If you're and indie musician, check out what they're offering to help you with your cause. If you're a listener, you get better recommendations on music and social tools to see what your circles are listening to.
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