Between them, the ZoneCasting team has 80 years of experience with booster technologies that enhance and increase the value of radio properties. This experience provided the experience and vision which led to the invention and innovation of the ZoneCasting product. The GBS team successfully engineered over 30 signal upgrades in markets such as Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake City.
Current FCC regulations permit the use of booster transmitter sites within a station’s FCC legal contour to enhance a radio signal’s clarity. However, the regulations require broadcasters to broadcast the same programming from the main signal through all of the boosters.
In order to get permission to broadcast different content in multiple geographic zones within a single contour, GBS will file a “Petition for a Rulemaking” requesting that the FCC change its rules regarding booster transmissions. GBS completed two successful tests in Salt Lake City, Utah (July 2010) and in Sebring, Florida (November 2011).
FCC regulators have acknowledged the tests performed on the ZoneCasting system and in the commission has indicated support of the petition for a rulemaking. We filed the Petition for Rulemaking in the April 2012.
March 2010 FCC COMMENT on the ZoneCasting system
On March 29, 2010 the FCC issued this statement in response to the GBS request for Experimental Authority to test the ZoneCasting system.
“We find that the Public Interest would be served through the collection of data on the feasibility of transmitting independent, targeted announcements on FM Boosters, which could be used in support of a Petition for a Rulemaking to modify the Commission’s Rules to permit the use of such transmissions.”
— Charles N. Miller, Engineer, Federal Communications Commission
Applications were filed with the FCC to request Experimental Authority to test the GBS ZoneCasting system to prove to the FCC that the separate zones will not cause excessive interference. We have successfully met the FCC criteria for our first test (Salt Lake City, Utah) and our second test (Sebring, Florida) and have filed reports with the FCC describing the results. A third test is in process and should be completed by mid 2016.
The results of both tests were successful. The application is being prepared for the rulemaking to allow stations to divide their signals into zones within their FCC mandated coverage areas and permit the station to broadcast separate programming in each zone. In its letter approving our Request for Experimental Authority for our first test, the FCC stated that “We find that the Public Interest would be served through the collection of data on the feasibility of transmitting independent targeted announcements on FM Boosters, which could be used in support of a Petition for a Rulemaking to modify the Commission’s Rules to permit the use of such transmissions”.
The filing of the petition occurred in April 2012.