Benner on Washington: Recalling The ‘Greenmail Scam’

Long before Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner got involved with the ABIP programs, he used his time off from his full-time job to visit radio stations in the Upper Midwest to conduct the then-FCC required annual proof of performance measurements. It was during these tours that Benner first learned of how some FCC regulations, in his view, were distorted for "extortion." Yikes!

Former FCC Legal Advisor Joins ACA Connects For Reg Role

ACA Connects, which represents the interests of small and independently owned MVPDs on Capitol Hill, has brought on a veteran communications attorney to serve as its VP of Regulatory Affairs.

An NAB Election Toolkit for Radio/TV Political Coverage

The NAB is now offering radio and TV stations a print and online resource to give their news coverage of the 2020 presidential, congressional and local elections a little extra boost.

With Little Fanfare, FCC Racks Up Successes

The FCC recently released a list of its accomplishments under Chairman Pai. It includes over 220 items adopted in 36 meetings, more than twice the number adopted by the prior administration over a similar period, notes AEI Visiting Scholar Roslyn Layton. As there is "scant coverage of these successes" in the media, Roslyn believes, she's provided some key accomplishments for readers.

ACDDE Working Group Members Revealed

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on three working groups of the Commission's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). These working groups—Access to Capital, Digital Empowerment and Inclusion, and Diversity in the Tech Sector—will assist the ACDDE in carrying out its work.

O’Rielly Address Set For Public TV Confab

KidVid, ATSC 3.0, and other issues facing the FCC that pertain to broadcast television will be the focal point of an address to be delivered by Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly at the February 25 APTS Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C.

‘Alarming’: The MMTC Reaction to Media Bureau Ownership Report Findings

RBR+TVBR on Friday was first to report what FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has called the “striking … but not surprising” results of the just-released Fourth Report on Ownership of Broadcast Stations from the Media Bureau. Indeed, broadcast media ownership among women and minorities is lagging. The MMTC has now chimed in on the findings.

Starks Sounds Off on FCC Station Owner Report

"Striking ... but not surprising." That, in a nutshell, sums up how FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks feels about the results of the just-released Fourth Report on Ownership of Broadcast Stations from the Media Bureau.
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Two House Democrats Scold Pai On ‘Sputnik’ Inaction

Reps. Anna Eshoo and Mike Doyle want Ajit Pai to enforce FCC rules that clearly identify Russian propaganda airing on U.S. radio stations. Eshoo has been on a quest to squelch what she views is programming and viewpoints airing on "Sputnik Radio," a Kremlin-funded English-language operation with 24/7 coverage in Washington, D.C., and six hours of programming in Kansas City.

FCC’s Rosenworcel Accepts ACA Connects Summit Keynote Spot

The senior Democrat on the FCC has been selected as a keynote speaker at the ACA Connects 27th Annual Summit in Washington, D.C. The event is set for March 18.

American Tower Shares Surge On T-Mobile Merger OK

With T-Mobile now on target to complete its merger with Sprint by April 1, putting DISH in the driver's seat on becoming the nation's fourth-largest wireless services company, tower companies are likely to benefit from the rollout of 5G spurred by the companies' moves. As such, American Tower shares lifted by more than 4% on Tuesday.

License Revocation Nixed For A Georgia AM

In mid-January, a silent AM radio station licensed for 10kw of power from 1 tower received what appeared to be nothing short of its death sentence from the Media Bureau and the FCC’s Office of the Managing Director. Guess what? The licensee has successfully fought the FCC -- and won. As such, the station has a new lease on life.

Public TV Group Slams Trump’s Latest Budget Snub

President Trump's fiscal year 2021 budget has been released. America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) is once again howling at the desire to wipe out federal funding for its member stations, and for NPR noncomm radio properties across the U.S.

FCC Vet Upped To WBK Partner

For 10 years, Lynne Montgomery worked on satellite policy and licensing matters at the FCC, including the allocation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum resources, transfers of FCC licenses and the review of GSO and NGSO satellite applications. Now, she's been upped to Partner at one of the nation's leading communications law firms.

FCC’s Starks Sets ‘Future of Work Roundtable’ Agenda

On Tuesday (2/11), FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks will host a roundtable discussion on the "Future of Work." This event will convene a group from civil society, academia, and industry to orient the FCC’s role in the Future of Work conversation. The agenda for the event can be found by clicking here.

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