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Pennsylvania Reps speak up for broadcast television

Members of the Pennsylvania delegation to the US House of Representatives are the latest to weigh in the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on the...
Ed Markey

Markey, Eshoo Lead Support of FCC Net Neutrality

Several lawmakers signed a brief supporting the FCC’s Open Internet rules.

Should We Want A Bipartisan FCC?

Mark Jamison, a visiting Fellow with the AEI and a part of the Trump FCC transition team, says "no." But, he was a strong reason why.

Local Radio Freedom Act Gets Cochran’s Senate Support

The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 164 co-sponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate. Supporters in the upper body of Congress now include a veteran Mississippi legislator.
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Pelosi, Pallone Plead To Pai On Nixing UHF Discount Return

Two key leaders of the House of Representatives have engaged in a last-minute — and likely futile — fight to get the FCC's key Republican leadership to stop its push to restore the UHF discount used to calculate compliance with the national television audience reach cap.
Gavel

Here’s What Happens When You Fail To Renew Your License

Two individuals who jointly operate a low-power TV station have been handed a whopping $144,344 proposed fine from the FCC. Why? They continued to operate the LPTV station well after their license was cancelled for failing to file a renewal ... some 19 years ago. Here's a tale of what not to do when operating a broadcast media property, along with an RBR + TVBR Observation on the matter.

Media Bureau Sets Main Studio Rule Comment Deadlines

The Media Bureau has released the comment deadline and reply comment deadline, respectively, for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the elimination of the FCC's Main Studio Rule.
FCC

Carr Talk Buzzes Around The Capital Beltway

Forget Seth Meyers or Stephen Colbert. The late night chatter among politicos and wonks from Gaithersburg to Fredericksburg and across Capitol Hill was all about Brendan Carr. Unless something highly unusual transpires, the current General Counsel of the FCC is all but set to become the next Republican Commissioner.
NAB / National Association of Broadcasters

NAB To FCC: Put Biennial Reports On Hold For TV, Radio

Under the FCC's current rules, all commercial and noncommercial radio and TV licensees, as well as attributable interest holders in those licensees, must file ownership reports by Dec. 1 in odd-number years. That means the clock is ticking. However, there's much going on at the Commission, and given "numerous recent proposals" to change the frequency of ownership reporting — among other things — the NAB requests that the biennial ownership reports be suspended.

‘The New FCC: Working To Right The Course’

In a speech delivered Saturday to the Americans for Prosperity’s 2017 Defending the American Dream Summit in Richmond, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly asserted that the FCC’s job "is to provide an environment for such innovation and investment to flourish in the communications technology sector while protecting consumers along the way." He lamented that the FCC under former chairman Tom Wheeler "deviated from this proven formula."

NAB Aims To Explain TV Repack Process To America

How can a broadcast television C-Suite executive best explain the post-Spectrum Auction TV repack process to Telly Watcher? They can direct them to a brand-new website created by the NAB to best inform Americans on how they can continue to receive their local broadcast TV stations during the incentive auction repack process. We've got some thoughts, too, and it's in an RBR+TVBR Observation just for members.

Three House Dems Still Seek Pai’s Voice On SBGI

Three Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have once again asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for answers to a series of questions "he failed to address" in his response to an Aug. 14 letter sent to Pai from the legislators regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group. Among those displeased with Pai is New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone.

AFR Denied For San Diego LPTV Owner

In a 4-1 vote that saw FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as the lone dissenter, the Commission has affirmed the dismissal of an application for a Class A license by the owner of a low-power TV station in San Diego. 
Jim Winston

MMTC, NABOB Speak Up On Media Ownership ‘Facts’

What's fact and what's fiction with respect to broadcast regulation and its impact on multicultural broadcasters and consumers? That's exactly what was discussed in a Thursday phone call that saw the president of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) and the President Emeritus and Senior Advisor for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) discuss what they consider the facts with the Chief of Staff for Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who championed with the help of former Commissioner Mike O'Rielly rule "modernization" for local media.

All Eyes On The FCC Ahead Of Two Big Votes

Thursday, Dec. 14 is a big day for the Federal Communications Commission. With "net neutrality" set to disappear through legislation Republicans believe will "restore internet freedom," the FCC has issued guidelines as to how the public can view the meeting or attend in person. The end of "net neutrality" isn't the lone Hot Button topic up for discussion. The future of TV broadcasting is also up for a vote.
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