FCC 73.295 Revised as of October 1, 2014
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§ 73.295 FM subsidiary communications services.
(a) Subsidiary communication services are those transmitted on a
subcarrier within the FM baseband signal, but do not include services
which enhance the main program broadcast service, or exclusively relate
to station operations (see § 73.293). Subsidiary communications
include, but are not limited to services such as functional music,
specialized foreign language programs, radio reading services, utility
load management, market and financial data and news, paging and
calling, traffic control signal switching, bilingual television audio,
and point to point or multipoint messages.
(b) FM subsidiary communications services that are common carrier in
nature are subject to common carrier regulation. Licensees operating
such services are required to apply to the FCC for the appropriate
authorization and to comply with all policies and rules applicable to
the service. Responsibility for making the initial determinations of
whether a particular activity is common carriage rests with the FM
station licensee. Initial determinations by licensees are subject to
FCC examination and may be reviewed at the FCC's discretion.
(c) Subsidiary communications services are of a secondary nature under
the authority of the FM station authorization, and the authority to
provide such communications services may not be retained or transferred
in any manner separate from the station's authorization. The grant or
renewal of an FM station permit or license is not furthered or promoted
by proposed or past services. The permittee or licensee must establish
that the broadcast operation is in the public interest wholly apart
from the subsidiary communications services provided.
(d) The station identification, delayed recording and sponsor
identification announcements required by § § 73.1201, 73.1208, and
73.1212 are not applicable to material transmitted under an SCA.
(e) The licensee or permittee must retain control over all material
transmitted in a broadcast mode via the station's facilities, with the
right to reject any material that it deems inappropriate or
[ 48 FR 28454 , June 22, 1983, as amended at 48 FR 44805 , Sept. 30, 1983;
49 FR 33663 , Aug. 15, 1984; 50 FR 32416 , Aug. 12, 1985; 57 FR 48333 ,
Oct. 23, 1992]
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