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Markey wins in Massachusetts

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is now Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) as the communications-savvy legislator coasted to victory in a special election to fill the...

Congress and Advertising – Will 2017 Be Different?

A major advertising association is wary of two FCC plans that put new privacy rules on ISPs and expand competition in the cable set-top box market. 

What Does Entercom’s Sacramento Settlement Agreement Say?

Sue Wilson, founder of the non-profit advocacy group Media Action Center, shared with RBR + TVBR details of a settlement with Entercom that awaits final approval from a FCC Administrative Law Judge in Washington. Meanwhile, there's word Ed Stolz is seeking to "un-renew" the licenses for Entercom's remaining Sacramento stations -- even after it make the unprecedented move of surrendering the license for now-defunct KDND-FM.

FCC Asked To Review Gorsuch Ads

A K Street nonpartisan organization that considers itself "the lawyers for our democracy" has asked the FCC to review broadcast filings from the Judicial Crisis Network, which has spent millions of dollars on advertisements urging U.S. senators to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but allegedly did not provide the disclosure required under federal law.

Pai Paints The Portrait For ‘The Future Of Internet Freedom’

Say goodbye to net neutrality as we know it. In a major policy speech delivered this afternoon at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., FCC Chairman Ajit Pai officially unveiled his net neutrality proposals by "restoring internet freedom" through the repeal of Obama-era regulations. Naturally, Pai says such a decision will benefit all Americans. Here's how his new approach, in his view, would do so.

MMTC Commends FCC On Proposed End Of Main Studio Rule

As of midday Thursday, the FCC is now open to input on the proposed elimination of its Main Studio Rule. On Friday, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) wasted no time in commending the FCC’s action.
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NAB Reacts To FCC ‘Special Displacement Window’ For LPTVs, Translators

The FCC has created procedures for low-power television stations (LPTVs) and translators to apply for a Special Displacement Window if they are being forced off the air by the incentive auction. This led to a response from the NAB.
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Local Radio Freedom Act Approaches 200 House Co-Sponsors

Four Members of the House of Representatives and one Senator have joined as co-sponsors of a bipartisan resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.

Defining The ‘CTCSRPAB’

What the heck is 'CTCSRPAB'?? For one, it has nothing to do with the CRTC, Canada's equivalent of the FCC. However, it has everything to with the FCC and how to avoid a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture. Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner explains what that acronym stands for in this column, which results from a request from an RBR+TVBR Member.

House Members Ready To Consider Autonomous Auto Act

A bipartisan bill supporting the safe development of self-driving cars is set to be considered on the House floor next week, once Congress returns from its summer recess. The House Energy & Commerce Committee's two top leaders applauded the announcement, putting the Self Drive Act (H.R. 3388) on a fast track that may result in a long-term impact on broadcast radio.

O’Rielly Looks To Ron Johnson For His New Chief Of Staff

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)'s Deputy Chief of Staff is moving from the Hart Senate Office Building to the Portals. That's because this individual has just been selected to serve as Chief of Staff, Media Advisor and Press Contact for the FCC Commissioner.

The ‘Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked’ Podcast: Episode 5

Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer have created a special podcast series exclusively for RBR+TVBR members based on a series of articles centered on the topic "Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked." In this fifth episode, Ferber and Krasnow discuss the topic of Broadcast Cash Flow. Is it easy to calculate? 

Clyburn Critical Of FCC Media Rule ‘Roll Back’

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday circulated proposed legislation that would, in his view and that of GOP leaders, "modernize" the agency's media ownership regulations. This resulted in cheers from the NAB. It also led Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to use a portion of her opening statement at Wednesday's House Subcommittee on Communications FCC Oversight Hearing to voice her strong opposition to Pai's plan.

Esbin’s Back At The FCC

The Managing Partner of Cinnamon Mueller's Washington, D.C., office has just been appointed to the FCC as its new deputy chief of the agency’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

Pai, Rosenworcel To Head Into The ‘Eye Of The Storm’

No, it's not a Net Neutrality UFC match at Capital One Arena. Rather, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be the center of attention at a Jan. 18 event at NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C. focused on the important role of broadcasters in emergencies.

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