Bipartisan Senators Share C-Band Concerns With FCC

Kansas Republican Jerry Moran and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall on Tuesday sent a two-page letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressing concerns regarding the Commission's NPRM examining expanded operations in the C-band, a chunk of spectrum used by content producers every day to delver programming to radio and TV stations. Here's what they had to say, along with a response from three broadcast media advocacy groups and from NPR.

How To Lose Your Station’s FCC License

On Dec. 28, 2017, RBR+TVBR published what has emerged as one of its most popular Media Information Bureau columns. The title of this piece by John Wells King and Erwin Krasnow says it all. With the Federal government closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day, we are pleased to share it anew.

Coming Nov. 19: ACDDE Working Group Reports

Curious to learn the progress The Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group has made in its ongoing initiatives to examine diversity and inclusion in broadcast employment, management and supplier procurement? A Nov. 19 at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C., is set to provide the answers.
Sirius XM

SiriusXM Petition On EAS Waiver Open For Comment

Pursuant to section 0.191 of the Commission’s rules, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks comment on filings made by Sirius XM Radio Inc. on four recent dates as supplements to a Petition for Reconsideration filed by XM Radio Inc. on December 27, 2005. What's this about?

‘It’s Time For A Broadcasters’ PAC’

That’s the suggestion of featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner, who believes the time has come for a Political Action Committee representing broadcast media. Why? It appears obvious to him that the nation's television industry executives are struggling with how to handle "their massive, unprecedented income from the midterm Congressional elections."

Sports Gambling Law and the Media Industry

An upcoming webinar from MFM, the Media Financial Management Association, will discuss legal considerations for media organizations planning to take advantage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing sports gambling.

A Friendly Reminder To Radio On Online Public File Needs

Pursuant to the Expanded Online Public File Order, all broadcast radio licensees were required to transition their public inspection files to the FCC’s online public file database by March 1. That was eight months ago. Did your stations forget about this? If so, the Commission is reminding you of your obligations.

All About the FCC Settlement Window For ‘MX’ LPTV Apps

The FCC on Tuesday released a Public Notice announcing a settlement window for mutually exclusive applicants in the Special Displacement Window where LPTV stations and TV translators are displaced by the incentive auction. If you are impacted by this, noted D.C. communications attorney David Oxenford has broken down what you'll need to do.

BMI Drums Up D.C. Role For Collins

Some 100 years ago, Michael Collins was a largely household name, in reference to a revolutionary leader in Ireland. Today, a leader of the same name is joining one of the nation's top performance rights groups for a role that will see this Michael Collins also seeking to sway politicians into crafting legislation deemed favorable by his organization.

ACA Warns FCC On Potential C-band Content Disruption

The NAB isn't the only influential lobbying group that has concerns regarding the FCC's initiative for the potential expanded uses of the C-Band. The American Cable Association (ACA) believes the national communications regulator "should proceed carefully in light of what is at stake." What is that, exactly? "Disrupting video content to millions of Americans, especially in rural areas, and harming thousands of small businesses in the process."

How The FCC’s Website Can Help You Avoid Fines

"It is amazing how much you can learn from only a few minutes on this site," Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner says of the FCC's digital gateway to all of its rules and regulations — More importantly, Benner notes, a visit to the Commission's website can potentially save substantial forfeitures, consent decrees, frustrations and legal expenses. 

Three Steps The FCC Should Take In C-Band Proceeding

The NAB on Monday filed reply comments with the Commission regarding its NPRM concerning expanded operations in the C-Band. While the NAB does not endorse any particular proposal for reallocation in the C-Band, it wants the FCC to take three steps in this proceeding. Here's what they are.

All Systems Go For FCC OEA, With A Wary Rosenworcel

The FCC earlier this year voted to create the Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA). On Thursday, the Commission revealed that it has received all of the approvals required to launch the OEA. Some 100 people will work in the Office, and the lone Democrat on the FCC marked the occasion by offering two ideas "to ensure that its work is credible and consistent with the public interest."
U.S. Congress

Congress: Destroyer Of Good-Faith FCC Legislation

Nearly one year ago, featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner began working on a column that described how the FCC had arranged an excellent piece of legislation that significantly prevented internet firms from selling our most private information. As Election Day nears, Benner shares details on how soon-to-depart Sen. Jeff Flake helped kill the FCC's efforts. 

‘5G for People in a Hurry’: Why This Matters For Media

At its October Open Meeting on Tuesday, the Commission voted on making a portion of mid-band spectrum (2.5 to 4.2 GHz) available for 5G use. In November, it will launch the first of two high-band 5G spectrum auctions scheduled for 2018. Now, say Pillsbury Law partner Glenn S. Richards and associate Joseph A. Cohen, is therefore a good time to take a look at what 5G is, and what impact it promises to have.

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