FCC OKs New Rules For Visually Impaired Video Access

Starting in July 2018, broadcasters and pay-TV providers carrying one of the top networks must provide 87.5 hours of described programming per calendar quarter. This averages out to roughly one hour per day of description on each included network.

House Commerce Committee Leaders Pushed By Dems For FCC Hearing

A March 8 House Communications and Technology Subcommittee oversight hearing of the FCC was scrubbed, as it was scheduled just hours after a similar hearing conducted by the Senate Commerce Committee. It has yet to be rescheduled, despite assurances it would be held by the end of July. Now, Democratic leaders are pressing hard for a date.
John Thune


Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) will convene a nomination hearing at 10am on Wednesday, July 19, for FCC Commissioner nominees Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr.

FCC Picks Pelkey As Pai’s Press Voice

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has looked under a Black Rock to find his Press Secretary at the Commission. This PR pro has previously worked for the likes of Sen. John Cornyn and in Brussels for Weber Shandwick.
NAB / National Association of Broadcasters

NAB Steps Up Its White Space Fight Against Microsoft

Last week RBR+TVBR reported on a proposal from computing giant Microsoft to use TV white space to provide wireless broadband services in rural areas. Specifically, Microsoft wants the FCC to reserve a vacant UHF white space channel in every market nationwide, following the post-auction repack of broadcast television stations. The NAB is less than thrilled, and issued a statement on the matter Tuesday. We also have some thoughts on the matter, via a RBR+TVBR OBSERVATION.

A Glossary For Washington Regulatory ‘Complexification’

Ken Benner is known as a leader in the process and ultimate success of the Alternative Broadcast Inspection program. Since 1995, Benner has trotted from station to station with a bulging binder full of important information an AM or FM facility must adhere to, lest they get an FCC fine. In this Media Information Bureau exclusive, Benner shares some of his "Bennerism Wizdomics." We share these with you, as it greatly reflects his views—and perhaps those of new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai—on the layers of regulations that broadcasters presently deal with from the Commission.

This Top Exec Pleads For FCC Embedded Market Rule Change

Connoisseur Media chief Jeff Warshaw wants changes to the embedded market rule that affects New York and Washington, DC. He’s addressing the issue to the FCC, including a July 5 letter to the Commission. The NAB is backing the move. Warshaw has been championing the cause for several years, seeing it as being against the public interest and competition, and another example of the radio industry laboring under outdated, pre-Internet regulations.
NAB / National Association of Broadcasters

NAB States Its Case For Erasing Main Studio Rule

The FCC has received a bounty of comments regarding its proposal to do away with the main studio rule. Leading the way was the NAB, which had this to say ...

Is The Countdown Clock On For Mignon Clyburn?

In one month, the term of the FCC's lone Democratic Commissioner will come to an end. With Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr all but confirmed as the newest Commissioners, the FCC will again have five decision-makers. This begs the question of what lies ahead for Clyburn, whose exit would result in a 2-2 deadlock on contentious votes.

Carr Talk Buzzes Around The Capital Beltway

Forget Seth Meyers or Stephen Colbert. The late night chatter among politicos and wonks from Gaithersburg to Fredericksburg and across Capitol Hill was all about Brendan Carr. Unless something highly unusual transpires, the current General Counsel of the FCC is all but set to become the next Republican Commissioner.

A Quintet Of NUOs In Time For Independence Day

Tuesday may be Independence Day, but that doesn't give any ol' person the independence to become an unlicensed radio station operator. Just in time for the Fourth of July, the FCC on Thursday issued no less than five Notice of Unlicensed Operations to a half-dozen buccaneers of broadcasting. Three involve Boston-area pirates. The other two are tied to fake FMs in South Florida.

T-Mobile Steps Up To Fund Noncomm Translator Repack

PBS and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) are getting financial assistance during the post-incentive auction repack period to translator stations that extend public television signals into hard-to-reach rural areas. No, it's not coming from ongoing pledge drives at many of the nation's noncommercial classical music stations.

A Tribute To The FCC Chairman

He faces the most difficult challenge in the history of the Commission, as he travels the nation seeking support from the broadcasting community. He is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner is beyond a doubt in support of, as he writes in this "tribute" to the Commission's leader.

Commissioners Revved Up Over Carr

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Mignon Cyburn and Michael O'Rielly each had something to say about President Trump's late Wednesday evening announcement that he intends to nominate Brendan Carr as a Republican FCC Commissioner. Here are the details.

Brendan Carr Gets Trump Nod For FCC Seat

Months of speculation and predictions as to who will take the two open FCC Commissioner seats have come to an anti-climactic end, thanks to President Trump.

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