MMTC Responds To ACA Connects/NAB Comments On FCC EEO Plan

On Labor Day, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council sent a letter to the FCC “respectfully recommending four steps it can take immediately, upon delegated authority, to improve EEO enforcement." The NAB and ACA Connects offered a joint reply. The MMTC is now responding to their comments.

Re-Chartered ACDDE To Meet In D.C.

The first meeting of the re-chartered FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) has scheduled its first meeting. Who's the Chair? What about the Vice Chair? We now know who has filled those roles.

ACA Chimes In On NPR ‘5G Plus Plan’ Presentation

Among the groups that want a say on the rollout of 5G wireless technology is NPR. In a presentation filed with the FCC is a chart that shows how, in its view, various C-Band reallocation proposals including the 5G Plus Plan would meet the needs of public radio stations that rely on the C-Band to deliver programming. ACA Connects has something to say about NPR's chart.

‘Richmond Independent Radio’ Dinged For Late Filing

Next week, Richmond Independent Radio will be celebrating 14 years of service to the capital of Virginia. By then, it hopefully will get over the disappointment of an unexpected forfeiture to the FCC for missing an important filing deadline.

Benner On Washington: ‘The Ostrich Syndrome’

Long before featured columnist Ken Benner began writing about "the abuse of the media and, in particular, broadcasting," he focused on consumer financial abuse. This fueled his desire to fight for radio and TV station owners. In this column, his discontent with Capitol Hill leaders continues.

Cheers For FCC Extension Of Relocation Funding Filing Deadline

There is applause coming from many low-power TV industry leaders, in reaction to a FCC notice that makes good on a request from two LPTV and TV translator advocacy groups. The groups won an extension of an important deadline for post-Incentive Auction federal reimbursements.

Benner On Washington: ‘From Molehills To Mountains’

The week of Sept. 23 will likely go down as one of the most contentious ones in the history of the U.S. government, says featured columnist Ken Benner. It began with an excellent speech at the National Press Club by the one person in D.C. Benner has the greatest respect for: Ajit Pai.

CPB Names Mitchelson’s Successor As Inspector General

The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has revealed who will succeed Mary Mitchelson as its next Inspector General. Mitchelson retired in April, and as of Oct. 7 the Deputy Inspector General for Investigations at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will join CPB. 

Pai Stops By An Alpha Media Outpost

It's a cold, rainy Wednesday in Brookings, S.D., but Alpha Media is still basking in the warmth of a recent visit to its radio stations by none other than the Chairman of the FCC.

Translator Surge, UHF Growth: The Latest FCC Station Totals

Don't think for a minute that broadcasters have quenched their thirst for FM translators or a booster. The number of translators and boosters surged again in the third quarter, just-released stations totals from the FCC show.

Pai Appoints Swarztrauber To Policy Advisor Position

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Evan Swarztrauber has joined his office as a Policy Advisor. Swarztrauber replaces Nathan Leamer, who recently left the Commission.

AEI: Media Shouldn’t Be Protected From Antitrust

In this column from AEI Visiting Scholar Mark Jamison, questions the "Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2019." The Act would give media companies an antitrust exemption to collectively withhold content and negotiate prices with online distributors with at least 1 billion monthly users.

House Support for Local Radio Freedom Act Nears 200

Three Members of the House of Representatives have added their co-sponsorship to a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations — the "Local Radio Freedom Act." It has 24 co-sponsors in the Senate, too.

NTIA Acting Chief Of Staff Takes #SubCommTech Role

The powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee is welcoming a new member of the senior staff for the committee Republicans: A party-aligned Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which directly oversees the FCC.

FCC Modernizes Rules For DBS Providers

The FCC today rewrote the procedures and rules governing the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service. The decision, the FCC says, aligns the Commission’s DBS processing procedures with its recently streamlined processing procedures for geostationary orbit fixed-satellite service satellites.  

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