FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has readied another rulemaking intended to aid in the revitalization of AM radio. This week, in advance of the next agency open meeting on September 26, he announced the commission would consider an order to ease the burden of some technical rules for directional antenna arrays. Noting that maintenance of “the directional signal pattern can be technically complex, time-consuming, and expensive,” the agency is proposing to relax, eliminate, and clarify a number of requirements.
Among other issues the commission will focus on is a proceeding to eliminate a requirement that broadcasters and cable companies keep paper copies of FCC rules. Pai indicated that this is the beginning of an effort to fix outdated agency rules. “[F]or the foreseeable future, I’ll be sharing with my fellow Commissioners each and every month at least one Notice of Proposed Rulemaking teeing up unnecessary media regulations that should be eliminated or modified,” he said.
More information about each of the items to be considered at the next FCC Open Meeting is here.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: September 8, 2017