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REC Networks Seeks 5-Application Cap in 2021 NCE Window

The FCC Media Bureau should cap applications per organization at five for the upcoming 2021 window for noncommercial educational licenses (see 2010190048), said low-power FM entity REC Networks in comments posted Friday in docket 20-343. The Media Bureau proposed a…

cap of 10 in a recent public notice, but REC said the smaller cap would prevent the “gamesmanship, speculation and mass expansion that has happened in previous windows” and “reduce the staff burden on excessive [mutually exclusive] groups and sizes.” REC also urged the FCC to assure all applicants in the window are working from the same census block data and expressed concern that the 2020 data might not be available to all applicants at the time of the window.