In May, the FCC made sweeping changes to the FM translator interference rules. The new rules will take effect on August 13.

As we previously explained, the most important rule changes are:

  • Translator interference complaints will be actionable only if interference occurs within the 45 dBu contour of the complaining station.
  • Interference claims must provide greater detail than previously required.
  • A complaining station must provide a minimum number of listener complaints which varies based on the size of the population served by the complaining station.
  • Listener complaints must be more specific.
  • Translator licensees must work with complaining stations to resolve interference claims within 90 days.
  • Translator licensees can resolve interference complaints by changing channels to any available non-reserved FM frequency. Applications to change a translator’s channel will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage licensees that plan to file channel change applications to be ready to file on August 13.