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Could Outdated FCC Documents Cost You?

Since 1997, Ken Benner has conducted thousands of alternative FCC inspections for broadcast media properties. He thought he'd had everything memorized. But, he recently decided to brush up on his skills. What he discovered absolutely stunned him.

The Next Radio License Renewal Cycle: Facts and Deadlines

By way of a Public Notice issued Friday, the Media Bureau released essential information on the upcoming 2019-2022 radio license renewal cycle. Here are all of the basics you and your entire executive team should have printed out and kept in an easily accessible place.

FCC Makes First Moves To Open Spectrum Horizons

The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz.  Rapid advancements in radio technology make the bands ripe for development.

Ex-FCC Chairman’s Press Man Joins D.C. Law Firm

Remember Tom Wheeler? The person who served as the press secretary to the former FCC Commissioner has a new job. This individual went on to the Federal Trade Commission and, later, CTIA. Now, he's joining a Washington law firm.

Reauthorization Process Streamlined For ‘Satellite’ TV Stations

The FCC on Tuesday eliminated "unnecessary regulatory expense and delay" by streamlining the process for reauthorizing television satellite stations when they are assigned or transferred. 

Public TV Pow-Wow At The FCC

Why were some of public television's top leaders speaking with leading FCC officials on Thursday? Several issues pertaining to local educational and non-commercial broadcast stations were discussed with a host of Commission decision-makers, including Mike O'Rielly.

Is the FCC Violating the Federal Records Act?

The House's Energy and Commerce Committee is now led by a nemesis of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. On Thursday, he and Rep. Mike Doyle wrote to Pai, seeking details about its electronic communications retention policies.

How FCC Concerns Prompted Angst

What is the genesis for “The Coalition For Transparency, Clarification and Simplification of Regulations pertaining to American Broadcasting”? Featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner shares all in his latest exclusive-to-RBR+TVBR column.
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Halprin Puts A Halt To Sinclair ALJ Hearing

In December 2018, Jane Hinckley Halprin succeeded Richard Sippel as the FCC's Administrative Law Judge. Some thought she'd make headlines for moving forward with a hearing designation order centered on Sinclair's now-aborted merger with Tribune Media. Nope.

Nationalizing 5G Is Not the Way to Beat China

Reports surfaced last week that advisers to the administration are calling for the U.S. to embrace China-style nationalization as our path to 5G. That’s like looking to Cuba as inspiration for reforming the U.S. health-care system, says FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.
U.S. Supreme Court

Could This Copyright Case Ruling Impact Your Business?

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its opinion in a case that deserves notice from broadcast media companies, their digital media partners, and marketers and advertisers doing business with radio and TV stations. Here's what one legal expert says about the decision.

Pai Media Advisor Prepares For FCC Exit

When it comes to advising FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on media issues, his No. 1 confidant has been Alison Nemeth Steger. Now, Steger is ready to move on from the Commission.

Luján’s Constant Fact In An Ever-Evolving Media World

Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico is well-appraised of the massive disruption to broadcast media being created by digital choices. Speaking at the NAB State Leadership Conference, Luján made one thing clear: "Despite all these changes, one thing remains constant: the importance of broadcasters."
John Dingell

NABEF Excellence Award Established In Dingell’s Name

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has created a new honor in memory of a long-serving House Member who had much impact on the oversight of the FCC during his tenure in Congress.

More Insight On License Revocation Prevention

A column by John Wells King and Erwin Krasnow, "How To Lose Your Station's FCC License," has become a reader favorite worthy of encore appearances at RBR.com. Independent Alternative FCC Compliance Certification Inspector Ken Benner read it, and offers additional thoughts on keeping one's license.

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