Green Bay Packers

Translator Fined For Packer Blocker Foul

The purpose of an FM translator station is to rebroadcast programming originating from an AM radio station, a fully-licensed FM radio station that needs "fill-in" coverage, or an HD multicast station seeking an audience on the traditional 88-108 MHz band. A Wisconsin operator didn't quite follow those rules, and the Commission has handed it a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forefeiture for not doing so. The good news is that the owner has been given the OK for the translator's license renewal.
Broadcast Tower

Second Filing Window In ‘Auction 100’ Ready To Open

Mark Jan. 25, 2018 on your calendar, AM broadcasters that still seek an FM translator. That's when the second cross-service FM translator auction filing window for stations with kHz-only signals -- a.k.a. Auction 100 -- begins. The window closes not long afterward.

Legal Contacts Update: ‘New’ Womble Absorbs B&B

On Nov. 1, Dupont Circle legal mainstay Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice completed its merger with the U.K.-based Bond Dickinson firm of barristers. With the combination of the law firms, the united entity is now known as Womble Bond Dickinson. The "new" Womble has just made its first M&A move by acquiring "a premier boutique practice focusing on wireless and broadband providers serving rural America."
Erwin Krasnow

Ask Your Potential Broker This

In May 2016, Garvey Schubert Barer attorney Erwin Krasnow explained the role of brokers and buyers. Here, we revisit his advice on what he believes are typical questions to ask when selecting a broker.
FCC

FCC Forms 323 and 323-E Now Available In FCC LMS

Looking for FCC Forms 323 and 323-E in the Commission’s Licensing and Management System (LMS)? They're now available, as the 2017 filing window for the submission of biennial broadcast ownership reports is now officially open.
FCC

Comment Deadlines Finalized For ‘Part 73’ NPRM

The FCC has locked in its Comment Date and Reply Comment Date for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to update two provisions in Part 73 of its rules governing broadcast licensees. This NPRM involves allowing broadcasters to notify the public of broadcast license applications through the internet, and allowing certain TV broadcasters to skip filing annual reports about so-called ancillary or supplementary services.

December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters

While the end of the year is just about upon us, that does not mean that broadcasters can ignore the regulatory world and celebrate the holidays all through December. In fact, this will be a busy regulatory month, says top D.C. communications attorney David Oxenford. There are plenty of deadlines to keep any broadcaster busy, and here's his run-down of what to keep your eye on.

A Broadcaster’s Wish List For FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

If you were to scribe a letter to the head of the Federal Communications Commission, asking Ajit Pai to consider some of the top issues facing your broadcaster TV or radio stations, what would you ask? Look no further than the following letter addressed to Pai, sent by our own Media Information Bureau featured columnist and Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) guru Ken Benner.

Is Social Media A Net Benefit to American Society?

In a lengthy speech delivered today in Washington, D.C., at the Media Institute, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai discussed America's broadcasters and newspapers. He discussed social media, and the internet, as the coming of Net Neutrality has resulted in personal attacks at Pai's home against his children. This led Pai to ask, "Is social media a net benefit to American society?" His response? "Given the increasingly important role that social media plays in our daily lives, this is a question that all of us, including groups like the Media Institute, need to grapple with."

Esbin’s Back At The FCC

The Managing Partner of Cinnamon Mueller's Washington, D.C., office has just been appointed to the FCC as its new deputy chief of the agency’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

Five Reasons Why ‘Restoring Internet Freedom’ Works

The Washington, D.C. conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute has played the role of chief influencer at the FCC since the transition in power from President Obama to President Trump. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Mark Jamison -- an individual who questioned the very existence of the Commission in late October 2016 -- is in favor of the abandonment of Title II classification for broadband. It's an important topic for broadcast media groups, and here's why Jamison is pushing for the end of "net neutrality."

Valley Pirate Slapped With $15K Fine

What happens when an individual handed a Notice of Unlicensed Operation from the FCC disregards it and continues to operate an unlicensed radio station? They get a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture. That's just what was given to a pirate radio operator in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley.
FCC

Mixed Reactions Abound On FCC’s Two Big December Votes

The likely removal of the FCC's Title II classification of broadband and a vote on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on the FCC’s national TV ownership cap, including the UHF discount, are two big highlights of what is in store at the Commission's Dec. 14 Open Meeting. Reaction was swift -- and most of it vicious in its opposition to the proposals drafted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. One Commissioner even assailed Pai for revealing the details in a pre-holiday "news dump."

Rosenworcel On Net Neutrality Neutering: ‘Let’s Roar’

The fight over the removal of Title II classification for broadband, thus ending the two-year-old "net neutrality" rules created by the FCC under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, is already set to be a fierce one -- even though Democrats find themselves in the minority on a vote that is all-but inevitably affirmative come Dec. 14. The war officially began on Twitter at High Noon, Eastern time, thanks to Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. "Let's roar," she declared in sharing her official public statement on the medium most-preferred by the President of the United States.

As Expected, ‘Net Neutrality’ Neutering On Its Way

Following details leaked by a source to The Wall Street Journal, the FCC on Tuesday morning made Washington's worst-kept secret official: What some call "net neutrality" and others bemoan as a hindrance to internet freedom will be up for vote at the Commission's Dec. 14 Open Meeting. The results won't be a surprise, with the GOP majority clearly in support of the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order." Why is this important for broadcasters? We have an RBR+TVBR Observation on that.

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