Nearly 60 Members of Congress have formally asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to stick to the current timeline for repacking TV stations, following the recently concluded broadcast spectrum incentive auction. The letter, which shows bipartisan support, urges Pai "to ensure" the 600 MHz spectrum that was made available by the FCC's broadcast incentive auction is cleared no later than July 3, 2020.
Fourteen Houston-area broadcast media leaders and Texas Association of Broadcasters President Oscar Rodriguez have sent a letter to Republican Congressman Kevin Brady — who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee — asking that any tax reform proposal introduced in the lower body of Congress preserve the ability of businesses to annually deduct the full cost of advertising in the year it is incurred.
She's back ... and she's got some words for her Republican colleagues at the FCC. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel spoke out against several GOP-pushed items the Commission seeks, or has already done. She offered comments on Net Neutrality; Next Gen TV, which the NAB was swift to respond to; and the restoration of the "UHF Discount" in the context of Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed merger with Tribune Media.
Two Ranking Members of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee are pleading for a hearing with the head of the FCC and each of the Commissions. Why? "So that they can publicly disavow President Donald Trump's repeated threats to revoke NBC's broadcaster license due to its reporting."
Another day, another Twitter-fueled controversy courtesy of the Commander-in-Chief. "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" The Tweet from President Trump resulted in a firestorm of criticism -- including comments made during the FCC reauthorization bill markup hearing from a leading Democrat.
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), is moving forward with a markup of a FCC reauthorization bill by bringing it to the full House Energy & Commerce Committee. The shift from the Subcommittee to the full Committee came via a unanimous voice vote this afternoon at a 30-minute hearing overseen by Blackburn at the Rayburn House Office Building on the south side of Capitol Hill.
It's already been a fun 24 hours in La-La Land for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. With a Monday night visit to In-N-Out Burger completing one highly important goal for any visitor to Southern California, Pai then drove to the FOX Sports Radio studios to meet 9am-Noon Pacific sports talk host Rich Eisen. His purpose in L.A.? To motor some 45 minutes northwest to Simi Valley for a speech this evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute.
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), announced today it will be holding a markup on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The FCC in December 2016 received a minor modification request for the CP of a noncommercial FM in Coggon, Iowa. An informal objection to the licensee's request came on Feb. 7, from Kirkwood Community College. Subsequent oppositions to the objection and reply comments were then submitted to the FCC. The Media Bureau has now rendered a decision in the matter.
Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer have created a special podcast series exclusively for RBR+TVBR members based on a series of articles centered on the topic "Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked." In this fifth episode, Ferber and Krasnow discuss the topic of Broadcast Cash Flow. Is it easy to calculate?
The company behind a network of independent religious noncommercial TV stations in Arkansas recently petitioned the FCC to modify the local satellite carriage TV market of one of its stations licensed to the city of Jonesboro. It wants in to two other DMAs, giving it access to DISH Network and DirecTV systems. The DBS players said it was "partially feasible," and the FCC's Media Bureau has now ruled on the matter.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is making herself home at the Portals once again, after several months away as she awaited what ultimately became her well-expected renomination to the agency. On Wednesday, Rosenworcel named her new Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor, Policy Advisor, and a Staff Assistant. A sort of homecoming will be seen for one of these individuals.
The FCC acted quickly in giving its OK to WC Docket No. 10-90, which effectively removes what would have been the first order of business at its October Open Meeting from the agenda. This immediately provides up to $76.9 million to help restore cellular and other communications services in Puerto Rico and the USVI.
The FCC's parade of Notice of Unlicensed Operations letters being sent to individuals flagged as operators of pirate FM radio stations continued Wednesday, with the issuance of two in Palm Beach County, Fla.; another two in Broward County, Fla.; and one to an individual in the City of New York borough of Queens.
A Member of the House of Representatives serving North Carolina's fourth Congressional District has taken aim at the FCC for its "UHF discount," noting during a Tuesday call with members of the press that — as many others have argued — the return of the rule by the Commission is giving Sinclair Broadcast Group an unacceptable ability to acquire Tribune Media.