S.2505 - A bill to implement the recommendations of the Federal Communications Commission report to the Congress regarding low power FM service.108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] (Introduced 06/04/2004)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 108-426|
|Latest Action:||12/07/2004 By Senator McCain from Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation filed written report. Report No. 108-426. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2505 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)
Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (11/19/2004)
Repeals provisions in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, that required the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to: (1) modify rules authorizing the operation of low-power FM radio stations to prescribe minimum distance separations for third-adjacent channels; (2) prohibit applicants who have engaged in the unlicensed operation of any station from obtaining a low-power FM license; and (3) conduct a program to test whether low-power FM radio stations will result in harmful interference to existing FM radio stations if minimum distance separations for third-adjacent channels are not required.
Requires the FCC to modify its rules to eliminate third-adjacent minimum distance separation requirements between specified stations.
Requires the FCC to retain rules that provide third-adjacent channel protection for full-power noncommercial FM stations that broadcast radio reading services via a subcarrier frequency from potential low-power FM station interference.
Requires the FCC to retain its rules that provide third-adjacent channel protection for full-power FM stations that are licensed in significantly populated States with more than 3 million housing units and a population density greater than 1,000 people per square mile.
Requires the FCC to: (1) evaluate the impact of translator licensing on low and full power radio stations; and (2) implement policies that promote opportunities for locally based low power radio stations while protecting full power stations from harmful interference from translator networks.