Local Radio Freedom Act Gets 200+ House Co-sponsors

The efforts of California Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Marsha Blackburn to bring new performance rights fees to radio stations appear to be as successful as those in the Senate designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Alaskan Dereliction Results In Proposed $66K Fine

The owner of a Class A radio station in rural Seward, Alaska has been issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $66,000 for what the FCC says are "numerous apparent violations" of its rules — including actions that undermine the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System.

Pai’s People: An Integral Tie To American Empowerment

In addition to the nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr to serve as Commissioners on the FCC, Chairman Ajit Pai awaits a confirmation by the U.S. Senate. That's because President Trump has nominated Pai to serve another term at the Commission, which supersedes his ascension to the chairmanship. While noting that over the past several years "you have come to know me and where I stand," he shared several perspectives from outside the Beltway, and noted that the stories of many "stay with me." In short, " they fuel my passion to help deliver digital opportunity to all Americans and advance the public interest."

Rosenworcel, Carr State Their Case As FCC Nominees

After nearly three hours of queries from members of the powerful Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, the expected confirmation of two new FCC Commissioners is closer to arrival.

For Rosenworcel, ‘The Future Belongs To The Connected’

In prepared testimony delivered Wednesday to the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, former Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel stated her case as to why the word "former" should be deleted, and why she should return to the FCC. In doing so, Rosenworcel reflected on her months away from the Commission by saying that, while trite but true, a little distance provides perspective. "In my time away, one thing has become abundantly clear," she says. "The future belongs to the connected."
FCC

The FCC Budget: Funded By AMs and FMs Near You

The following column, in the opinion of Radio+Television Business Report featured columnist Ken Benner, is "absolute must reading for every broadcast licensee from which you can learn all you don't want to know about in a 10-minute perusal." He adds that his "FCC FY 2018 Budget In Brief" report "clearly documents" what he's been ranting about over the past 10 years, much to the chagrin of his adversaries.

Veteran D.C. Communications Attorney Potts Dies

William J. Potts, a longtime Washington communications attorney who led a firm acquired by Garvey Schubert Barer in 2000, passed away at his home in Glen Echo, Md., on Monday, July 10, after a short illness. He was 87.

Tom Wheeler: Deregulation Will Harm Local Broadcasting

Since stepping down as FCC Chairman on Inauguration Day in January, Tom Wheeler has been relatively mum on what's transpiring at his ol' stomping grounds since becoming a senior fellow at Washington, D.C. think tank The Aspen Institute. Wheeler broke his silence on what the Commission is plotting following his exit in a big way last week, by way of a "Techtank" column appearing at the Brookings Institution's website.

Coming To Austin: ‘Dollars & D.C.’ Insight On Radio’s Future

Looking for insight on radio’s regulatory and economic future? Make plans to be in Austin, Tex., on Sept. 6 for the 2017 Radio Show, produced by the NAB and the RAB. Leading financial forecasters and radio group executives will provide insight on where radio stations are from a "dollars to D.C." perspective in a session led by Scott Flick, a partner at the Pillsbury law firm.
FCC

What’s The First FCC TV Repack Cost Estimate?

The FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force this morning calculated the aggregate amount of the estimated costs of reimbursement-eligible TV stations and MVPDs faced with new post-incentive auction channel assignments. The figure is upward of $2.1 billion.

Tardiness Is Costly For A Little College AM

Being late for school can send you to detention. A school being late with the FCC? That's a financial penalty, and a college in South Carolina just got a Notice of Apparent Liability for failing to meet an important due date.
US Congress

Local Radio Freedom Act Approaches 200 House Co-Sponsors

Four Members of the House of Representatives and one Senator have joined as co-sponsors of a bipartisan resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.
Towers

Now Available: An ‘Auction 99’ Online Tutorial

Is your company participating in the filing of "Auction 99" applications for new cross-service FM translators? An online tutorial is being provided by the FCC to help you in this process.

GSB Expands D.C. Office With ‘Larry and Steve’

Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) has expanded its Communications, Telecom & Media practice in the Washington, D.C., office by adding two individuals who are formerly partners in the firm Schwartz, Woods & Miller.

This Former FCC Lawyer Just Joined Davis Wright Tremaine

Davis Wright Tremaine, known for its communications and cable practice groups, has expanded with the addition of a lawyer with two decades’ experience in government, in-house, and private practice.

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