On June 5, the Commission released a Notice of Inquiry in the matter of proposals for a new FM radio broadcast class. This would create a Class C4 radio station, in addition to modifying the requirements for designating short-spaced assignments. The FCC is now ready to receive your comments on the proposal.
Veteran D.C. communications attorney Erwin Krasnow was just as surprised as many of the brokers and attorneys RBR+TVBR contacted following the release Monday morning of a statement from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that reveals he has "serious concerns" over Sinclair Broadcast Group's planned merger with Tribune Media. A draft hearing designation order was circulated by Pai. Is this a "deal killer?" Krasnow had some things to say about that.
Two leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate have called on the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into the privacy policies and practices of "Smart TV" manufacturers. In their view, Smart TVs can track the content users are watching, but manufacturers may not provide sufficient information about their privacy practices.
The license renewal of two of Fox Television Stations' biggest properties — granted in 2007 by the Commission — was challenged by The Voice for New Jersey; and the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and Free Press. Did these groups stand a chance in seeking Applications for Review?
Three groups have made it known that they aren't too keen with the rapid expansion of FM translators — often coming at the expense, as they see it, of community-oriented LPFMs. As such, they've been waging a fight against the latest round of translator applications. On Friday, the FCC addressed the objectors' Petition for Reconsideration for all pending translator applications — 994 of them in total. All but one were tossed.
The FCC today took another step the agency believes will promote "American leadership in the next generation of wireless connectivity, or 5G," by adopting an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that identifies new opportunities for flexible use in up to 500 megahertz of mid-band spectrum between 3.7 and 4.2 GHz.
While Jessica Rosenworcel offered her fair share of criticism of a NPRM that she fears will largely gut the nation's regulations on children's television programming for commercially licensed stations, she's pleased that one of her proposals has just been adopted by the FCC. It is a big one, and is part of a series of actions to bolster the reliability of the nation's emergency alerting systems and to support greater community preparedness.
The NAB on Thursday was one of the first groups to offer a comment on the party-line approval of an NPRM that will likely set in motion reforms to the FCC's "KidVid" rules. Now, NAB EVP/Legal and Regulatory Affairs Rick Kaplan has spoken up, and he's practically praised the FCC for proposed legislation that appears to have little opposition.
As expected, the Media Bureau on Thursday opened "MB Docket No. 18-214." That's the formal name for what is commonly known as "Ray Baum's Act," which expands the scope of reimbursement from the FCC's spectrum auction repack process to radio stations while giving extra cash to TV station owners.
The FCC's July Open Meeting is set for Thursday, but Chairman Pai already has his sights on what's to be debated and discussed at the Commission's August Open Meeting. Among the things on the agenda: Ray Baum's Act (and repack reimbursement dollars), and the FCC's broadcast "incubator" program.
Featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner is infatuated with government "complexification." We're sure it's not in our dictionary, but it is a fitting word Benner uses to describe something so confusing, you will end up sending a check to the U.S. Treasury out of sheer frustration and lack of comprehension. In this column, Benner tackles the FCC's efforts to improve EEO compliance.
Do you know what FCC telecom and broadcast deadlines are approaching? The team at Fletcher Heald & Hildreth does, and provided a great quick-look at what should be on your calendar right now, and marked in red. Here's all of the info for your convenience.
The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed revisions to the children’s television programming rules to provide broadcasters greater flexibility in meeting their children’s programming obligations. Also on the agenda: Improving emergency alerting, including facilitating more effective EAS tests and preventing false alerts.
The FCC on Tuesday (7/3) released its Broadcast Station Totals for the first half of 2018. The biggest headline from the new totals: FM translators and boosters, along with UHF translators, soared in number since New Year's Eve 2017. At the same time, there are slightly less full-powered radio and TV stations in operation.
It wasn't exactly a pre-holiday data dump, but the FCC certainly had a lot of documents to distribute in the hours before the Independence Day wind down. One of them was a Public Notice that offered detailed on the comment deadlines for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on an amendment of the Commission's rules regarding the posting of station licenses.