_________________________________________________________________

------------------------------------------------------------------

                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #357

                    Monday, November 15, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

------------------------------------------------------------------
__________________________________________________________________

  FCC AUTHORIZES UNAUTHORIZED TV BROADCASTS TO CONTINUE

  The following FCC News releases, taken together, indicate
that the FCC has authorized an unauthorized TV broadcaster to
continue broadcasting, thereby paving the way for others to do
the same.  To get special temporary authority to continue
operating an unauthorized station, one must (a) claim ignorance
of the law, (b) tell the Commission that the station will be
shut off in a few days anyway (at which time a real authorization
will be sought for future broadcasts) and (c) show that such a
large and possibly rowdy audience is currently being served that
it would only be "common sense" for the broadcasts to continue.
Hopefully, no interference is being caused to other stations. See:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991109/nrmc9073.html 
  Also read:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991109/stwek966.html 

  We can hear the bolts tightening on new unauthorized antennas
now.  What a departure from traditional Commission policy!

******************************************************************

  JEREMY GREENE ASKED TO PRODUCE $180,700 IN 220 MHZ AUCTION

  Here is an interesting case where a high bidder for
Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County 220 MHz spectrum sought
special financial relief from the Commission, but got none.
The Commission said:

  "To grant your waiver request would encourage future bidders
to hide behind their inexperience to avoid responsibility for
their bids.  It would also be unfair to other bidders who planned
carefully and familiarized themselves with the Commission's rules
prior to the start of the auction."

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991110/da992494.txt 

  Here we have the FCC saying that inexperience is no excuse,
while in the previous story alleged unfamiliarity with the
Commission's Rules helped win the day.

******************************************************************

  BROADBAND DEFINED

  "For those of you (who) want a quick reference, in the
FCC’s Section 706 Report to Congress, we define broadband as:
The capability of supporting, in both the provider-to-consumer,
or downstream, and the consumer-to-provider, or upstream,
directions, a speed in excess of 200 kilobits per second."

  (Excerpt from Speech [as prepared for delivery] by Deborah A.
Lathen, Chief, FCC Cable Services Bureau.)

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991109/spdal902.html 

******************************************************************

  24 GHZ HEADING FOR THE AUCTION BLOCK

  The FCC has proposed licensing and service rules to govern
operations in the 24 GHz band.  This is the first step toward a
future auction of wireless licenses to be used for a variety of
purposes, including broadband and wireless local loop type
services.  The short and long stories are at:

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991110/nrwl9045.txt 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991112/fcc99333.doc 

******************************************************************
           LETTERS TO THE EDITOR    (NINE LINE LIMIT)
******************************************************************

  CORRECTION

  Last week's Letter to the Editor entitled, "Channel 49 On
the Air in Tijuana" should have pointed out that this channel
is not allocated to Tijuana, but to Tecate.  An informed source
at the SCT (Mexico's equivalent of the FCC) goes on to say that
Channel 49 - used by XHUPN-TV - is part of the Agreement for TV
between Mexico and the US and has been properly coordinated with
the FCC.  We appreciate these clarifications.

******************************************************************
           LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC    (FCC TYPOS TOO)
******************************************************************

  FM TRANSLATOR APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  LICENSED FACILTY ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BPFT-19991101AAC  K210CL  90642   EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION
                   89.9 MHZ               LEMON GROVE, CA

  Mod of CP to chg

******************************************************************

  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A
  CONSTRUCTION PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED

  BPED-19990310MB  990310MB  92934 LARAMIE UNION BROADCASTING INC.
                   88.1 MHZ               YUCCA VALLEY, CA

  ENGINEERING AMENDMENT RECEIVED 11/4/1999

******************************************************************

  FM BOOSTER APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLFTB-19990831AAL   KPLM-FM1  92390   RM BROADCASTING LLC
                     106.1 MHZ       JOSHUA TREE AND TWEN, CA

******************************************************************

  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING

  BLH-19991014ABW   KXMX    2195      CITICASTERS CO.
                  95.9 MHZ              ANAHEIM, CA

******************************************************************

  FM STATION AUXILIARY TRANSMITTING ANTENNA APPLICATION
  FOR AUXILIARY PERMIT GRANTED

  BPH-19990707IE    KBUE     34386     LBI RADIO LICENSE CORP.
                  105.5 MHZ                 LONG BEACH, CA

  MOD OF CP TO CHG HAAT, TL AND ERP

******************************************************************

  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MINOR MODIFICATION TO A
  LICENSED FACILTY GRANTED

  BPCT-19990715KH   KJLA  14000     COSTA DE ORO TELEVISION, INC.
                   CHAN-57                  VENTURA, CA

  MP (BPCT-940824KH AS MODIFIED) TO CHANGE ANTENNA LOCATION
  COORDINATES (34-19-49  119-01-24)
  AND ANTENNA SPECIFICATIONS: ANDREW CORPORATION, ATW32H4-HSP-57S

******************************************************************
                          MISCELLANEOUS
******************************************************************

  TELEPHONES SHOULD CONTINUE OPERATING IN Y2K

  This FCC report states that based on input from
telecommunications companies across the U.S., the industry’s
Y2K readiness is “virtually complete.....”

http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/1999/db991109/nrmc9075.html 

  However, one CGC Communicator reader has still not abandoned
hope that the internet will fail come January 1, giving all of us
technical folks a "long overdue vacation."

------------------------------------------------------------------
_________________________    End   _______________________________