Coming Tuesday: The FCC’s ATSC 3.0 License App Acceptance

The voluntary adoption of the next-generation digital broadcast TV standard, known as ATSC 3.0., is ready to take a giant leap forward with respect to regulatory authorization and the permissions process. The Media Bureau is ready to start accepting Next-Gen TV applications.

Pai’s ‘Digital Opportunity Tour’ To Include TV Repack Check

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is presently enjoying a tour that sees him hopscotch across the state of Oklahoma, to see his agency's efforts in action. This includes a first-hand look of how one TV station is moving forward with the post-spectrum auction repack process.

Ex-NCTA Attorney Joins FCC’s Consumer, Gov’t Affairs Team

At the NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, Diane Burstein served as VP and Deputy General Counsel, focusing on accessibilities issues. She's the new Deputy Chief for the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

KLOVE Affiliate Fingered For Interference

In fall 2017, longtime Brown University-affiliated WBRU-FM in Providence, R.I., formally shifted to an online-only operation, thanks to the station's sale to Educational Media Foundation. It's now a KLOVE affiliate, and in March ran afoul of the FCC's rules regarding interference.
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Man Who Threatened Pai’s Family Gets Prison Time

A 33-year man residing in the Los Angeles area was sentenced on Friday to nearly two years in prison for threatening to murder the family of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The accused offered a guilty plea on Aug. 31, 2018, following his late June 2018 arrest.

Here’s When You Can Trash FCC Form 397

On February 14, the FCC adopted a Report and Order that eliminates for good its Broadcast Mid-Term Report, which used Form 397. When can radio and TV stations stop using the form for good? Here's the answer, fresh from the Commission.

‘Regulatory Humility’: The Pai Commission Explained

"An excellent speech" was delivered Wednesday at the Media Institute's Communication Forum Luncheon by FCC General Counsel Tom Johnson. That, at least, was the opinion of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who praised Johnson for touching on everything from weddings to FM radio.

Can House Democrats Work With GOP On Key FCC Action?

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is concerned that Democrats leading the House E&C Committee won't engage in bipartisan action on rural broadband connectivity improvements. Could this lack of bipartisanship thwart the 2018 Quadrennial Review of FCC Ownership Rules?

Pai’s Newest Crusade: Curbing Robocalls

The scourge of robocalls is a plague that has America suffering miserably. Luckily, the nation has a champion committed to putting an end to those unwanted calls. Wearing the super-hero cape as the anti-Spam Call Crusader? FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

An FCC Chairman’s 20th Anniversary Salute To WiFi

Who knew in 2008 that wireless internet technology would be an essential way of life for millions of Americans? WiFi is now two decades old, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai remarked on WiFi's past, present and future on Tuesday at the Wi-Fi World Congress 2019 in Northern Virginia.

New 39 GHz Reconfiguration Procedures for Auction 103

The FCC on Tuesday adopted updated procedures to reconfigure and modify existing 39 GHz licenses in preparation for Auction 103 -- the incentive auction of upper microwave flexible use service licenses in the 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands. Here are the details.

Redl Resigns As FM Translator Interference R&O Gets OK

For 18 months, David Redl served at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. On Thursday morning, word of Redl's resignation became known, thanks in large part to the FCC, which at its May Open Meeting said yes to a FM translator R&O.

House Committee Says Yes To More Public Broadcasting Dollars

Don't think having Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives makes a difference for PBS and NPR? The House Appropriations Committee has proposed $495 million in advance funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in fiscal year 2022.

NAB Hears Coalition For Transparency Concerns

"I never thought we’d see the day the pleadings of [my group] would ever be addressed by the NAB, despite my many years of pleading for its assistance," featured columnist Ken Benner writes."You have got to see this to believe it!" he exclaims. What's he so excited about?

FCC Reg Fee NPRM Adopted, With Comment Dates Set

A proposal “to fine-tune the FCC’s collection of regulatory fees” was scheduled to round out Thursday's May Open Meeting. However, there was no need for debate, and an NPRM was adopted Tuesday. Here are the Comment Date and Reply Comment Date details.

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