House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) on Wednesday urged the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate whether Federal law was violated by the submission of fake comments — using stolen identities — to the FCC net neutrality commenting system.
There's no more acting for Wayne Leighton. The FCC has selected him to serve as chief of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, continuing the work he has been doing as acting chief.
Add two more Buccaneers of Broadcasting to the list of individuals caught with pirate radio stations in the Borough of Queens. The FCC on Friday issued two new Notices of Unlicensed Operations, or NUOs, to individuals found to be in violation of the Commission's rules on pirate broadcasts. The NUOs are part of a largely intensified effort by the FCC to rid the airwaves of illegal broadcasts, and much of the new activity involves infringers in the New York Tri-State Area.
As the weeks into the new Congress pass, the chances of the Deutch-supported PROMOTE Act and the Blackburn-backed Fair Play Fair Pay Act coming up for a House vote grow dimmer. That's because the LRFA now has 195 co-sponsors in the House and 22 in the Senate.
On Saturday, June 10, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stopped by a Wyoming Broadcasters meeting and said, in part, “Last month, the FCC launched a comprehensive review of our media regulations. Our goal is clear: We want to figure out how to update our rules to match the realities of today’s media marketplace." In the view of Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner, this isn't the first time such FCC efforts have been attempted, only to be destroyed with the well-funded lobbying of Members of Congress.
At its June Open Meeting today, the FCC proposed to add an alert option to the nation’s Emergency Alert System to help protect the nation’s law enforcement officers. Called a “Blue Alert,” the option would be used by authorities in states across the country to notify the public through television and radio of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects.
The fight against unlicensed radio stations has undoubtedly received newfound vigor at the FCC thanks in large part to Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who has made the abolition of pirate operators a top priority. Who knew that a major Texas-based aerospace company would be cited for being a broadcasting buccaneer?
A Petition to Deny, Dismiss or Hold in Abeyence filed with the FCC's Media Bureau has been dismissed by the bureau's Video Division. As a result, the transfer of Little Rock's MeTV affiliate and its low-power sibling can move forward as planned.
A former Key West, Fla., bureau chief for the Miami Herald who served as the FCC's Media Bureau Deputy Chief from 2005-2008 and then as a legal advisor to then-Commissioner Robert McDowell is set to return to the FCC. That's because Chairman Pai intends to appoint this individual to head the all-important Enforcement Bureau. We have an RBR+TVBR Observation on this appointment.
The FCC's Media Bureau has set the comment date, and reply comment date, for individuals to share their thoughts with the Commission on a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles request for a waiver of FCC rules requiring the accessibility of user interfaces on covered digital apparatus.
A longtime face at the FCC who served as the associate bureau chief and the chief of staff for the Commission's International Bureau he now leads on an acting basis has been given the green light to fully settle into the post.
In the latest action that indicates the FCC's quest to quash pirate broadcasters is being invigorated, Enforcement Bureau Regional Director Dave Dombrowski on Monday sent a Forfeiture Order to an individual in Paterson, N.J. in the amount of $25,000 for his unlicensed activities. The pirate was using a signal reserved for a translator some 15 miles away.
On June 12, the Media Bureau mailed the second of its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) audit letters for 2017 to randomly selected radio stations. Among the recipients are stations owned by such companies as Alpha Media, Salem Media Group, Univision, and CBS Radio.
Yesterday, in what Wilkinson Barker Knauer partner David Oxenford calls "a very short one-page decision," the U.S Court of Appeals rejected the requests filed by public interest groups including Free Press to stay the effect of the FCC’s decision to reinstate the UHF discount. While this does not signal the Court’s final approval of the FCC’s decision to reinstate the discount, Oxenford notes that the ruling does suggest which direction the Court is likely to take in its assessment of this Commission decision.
An economist and attorney with extensive FCC and private-sector experience is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's choice to serve as chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.