FM broadcasters complain that Franken FM's do not have to follow the same ID patters (Visually not required audibly). They also complain they are not subject to the Public Community requirements. Honestly I do not understand how Franken's justify the Educational and Informative rules being a TV station.
NPR is complaining that the Franken's being off frequency are subject to causing interference not having to follow FM station rules.
EMF is hinging their letter to a "Public Notice" the FCC sent out last year. Note, the FCC is not required to act on it, nor have they so far and they will most likely not do so. The link is to the public notice. Pasted below is what they asked the public.
Is the operation of separate audio and video programming authorized by the current LPTV rules?
Can the FCC authorize the provision of this analog audio service as an “ancillary and supplementary service” to the digital operations of these Channel 6 LPTV stations?
If the FCC can authorize this analog audio service, should it be limited to current Channel 6 LPTV stations that are providing such a service, or can any Channel 6 LPTV offer the service?
Do these Channel 6 audio operations cause interference to FM stations operating in the actual FM band? If so, how should such interference be regulated?
Is the continued operation of these analog signals consistent with the FCC’s goal of converting all TV operations to digital?
If allowed, should these FM operations be transferrable – or would the rights to broadcast an analog FM signal terminate upon the sale of a Channel 6 LPTV station?
Should FM operational rules apply to these LPTV stations?
Should the LPTV licensee be subject to a yearly fee of 5% of annual gross revenues, payable to the FCC for this service if it is treated as an ancillary and supplementary service?
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