NAB COO Talks Up Radio Value At Senate DMCA Briefing

What did the NAB's COO say Wednesday to a group of U.S. Senators regarding the scope of music rights within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?  Curtis LeGeyt had a lot to discuss, and much of his conversation centered on the role broadcast radio plays in the U.S.

With No New Deals, FCC Reviews STAs, Notes Closings

There were no fresh transactions posted by the FCC on Wednesday. However, an STA application and two requests were filed, while a pair of closings were also noted.
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Five Sure-Fire Ways to Truly Irritate Your Lender

In March 2016, John R. Brooks and Erwin Krasnow penned a Media Information Bureau column that deviated from their common topic of how to find a lender, or ways to work with your lender in tough times. How should a broadcast media owner act if the lender-borrower relationship has failed? Examples of what not to do can be found here, in this encore presentation.

Colorado Broadcasters Slam FCC For Proposed Reg Fee Rise

The Colorado Broadcasters Association has written to FCC Chairman Pai and all Commissioners with one big request for its members: Kill the proposed increase in regulatory fees for radio and TV stations. As the CBA sees it, the higher fees, combined with license renewals on the horizon, are "an unnecessary burden" given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pai’s House Call: The FCC’s COVID-19 Actions, Ahead Of ‘Broadcast Internet’ Vote

If only a House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on Capitol Hill could be so efficient. The branch of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a teleconference program with key Congressional leaders chatting with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The event came 24 hours after details of a FCC plan to advance "broadcast internet" services.

Veritone Awarded a Big DOJ Contract

The company behind the aiWARE OS for artificial intelligence has received a two-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for its aiWARE Government platform from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

NAB To FCC On C-Band Costs: Don’t Finalize Cost Catalog Yet

The nation's biggest advocacy group in Washington for broadcast radio and TV has filed comments with the FCC asking its Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to adjust certain cost ranges in the catalog, and clarify the "Cost Catalog" to ensure it is "consistent" with the FCC's Report and Order.

House Comm/Tech Subcommittee OKs Virtual Forum With Pai

House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle and Ranking Member Bob Latta said Thursday the House E&C arm will hold a teleconference forum on Tuesday featuring FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The event will focus on critical consumer protection, broadband and spectrum issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will The Senate Kill PPP Eligibility For Local Media?

It's a hot topic, and the U.S. House of Representatives approves of it. The Senate, however, is another matter, and bipartisan legislation designed to expand the eligibility for U.S. Small Business Administration loan access to local newspapers and radio and television stations in need could be derailed by Republicans unwilling to give the OK.

FCC ‘Makes Regulatory Fee Rules Fairer,’ Begins FY2020 Process

A 118-page Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking pertaining to the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal 2020 and for fiscal 2019 has been released by the FCC. A Comment Date and Reply Comment Date were offered, along with lots of information you'll likely want to know.
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Broadcast Applicants Get FCC’s Streamlined Public Notice OK

The FCC on Wednesday at its virtual May Open Meeting revealed that, ahead of the meeting, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to new rules that will bring "a streamlined and standardized set of requirements for broadcast applicants to meet their local public notice obligations" to fruition.
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U.S. House Includes Local Media In PPP Legislation

Draft legislation in the House of Representatives has expanded the eligibility for Small Business Administration "Paycheck Protection Program" loan access to local newspapers and radio and TV stations in need. The inclusion of local media in the House Coronavirus Relief Legislation was spearheaded by Nancy Pelosi, and immediately attracted the attention of the NAB.

Chairman Pai’s Press Secretary Says Farewell

Since her graduation from the University of Kansas fifteen years ago, Tina Pelkey's career has weaved in and out of the U.S. government. For roughly three years, she worked in the office of a United States Senator. Later, Pelkey spent time as a Weber Shandwick Account Manager. Then, she ended up at the FCC. Now, Pelkey is going back to a private sector role.

Benner On Washington: More Tails From Mock Inspection Trails

What sort of advise does Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner have for broadcast station operators that may want an alternative FCC inspection, which he has specialized in for decades? Here's what he has to say, in this column you'll only see at RBR+TVBR.

Univision Seeks FCC Declaratory Ruling On Foreign Ownership

A comment and reply comment period will soon open as part of a Media Bureau petition for declaratory ruling filed by the nation's leading media company targeting Hispanic consumers. The move means the public can weigh in on whether or not Univision Communications may raise its foreign ownership component beyond the 25% benchmark to a full 100%.

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