FCC To Three Licensees: Pay Up, Or You’re Dead

A trio of AM radio stations across the South have each been ordered by Washington to pay their overdue regulatory fees, plus interest and any administrative costs, right now. If not, the FCC has agreed move forward with a license revocation hearing. 

Pai’s Deep South Swing To Review Diminishing Digital Divide

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is quite the traveler. To commemorate the 103rd birthday of the National Park Service, Pai took to Twitter to post a pic of him hiking up a snowy Half Dome at Yosemite. This week, Pai is hitting the road once again. A visit to a radio station in one small city is on the agenda.
Kids watching TV

KidVid Further NPRM Comment Date Set

The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 30 and 60 days, respectively, after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register. That happened August 16.

Saving Lives, One Radio Spot At A Time

With kids starting to return to school across the U.S. ahead of the Labor Day holiday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has turned to broadcast radio to get the word out on the top tips one should heed when hitting the road and staying out of trouble.

NAB Launches 2019 Congressional PSAs

The PSAs will air on local stations in congressional districts and/or states through the end of 2019. PSA topics include support for veterans, prescription drug/opioid abuse prevention, support for small businesses, cancer prevention, mental health awareness, and encouraging blood donations.

How The Media Fuels Terrorism … and What Can Be Done

This column, says Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner, is respectfully dedicated to the memory of the thousands of innocent worldwide terrorism victims and to those who will continue to suffer the same fate as these horrific practices continue to escalate.
Pile of Money

Here Are The Reimbursement Instructions For Radio and LPTV

Want to know what the reimbursement procedures are for eligible FMs and LPFMs, as well as low-power and TV translator stations, as determined by the Incentive Auction Task Force and the FCC's Media Bureau? News on reimbursement form availability and the filing deadline has arrived.

Filing Window Opens For LPTV Relocation Funding

The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition has given its "whole-hearted" support of the opening of the FCC's 60-day filing window for the distribution of the $150 million in funding Congress authorized for auction and repack displaced LPTV and TV translators. It's also changing its name.
T Mobile USA, Inc.

Pai Says Yes To Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

The proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has passed muster with the Chairman of the FCC. But, the Democratic Commissioners are less than pleased, noting that what's before the FCC now "is not the same deal the parties filed months ago."

CenturyLink Agrees To Half-Million FCC Settlement

The Enforcement Bureau has reached a settlement with CenturyLink to resolve an investigation into the company’s placement of unauthorized third-party charges and fees onto consumers’ bills. As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to pay $550,000 to the U.S. Treasury.

From The Hill To M Street For An AU Law Student

For the last several years, a student at the AU Washington College of Law has built himself a formidable Capitol Hill resume. Now, this individual is poised to take a position at a respected communications law firm just steps from NAB HQ -- and a popular Shake Shack.

Baby News A Big FCC Reveal On Deal-Free Friday

With Congress in recess through Labor Day weekend, many D.C. attorneys were out of the office on Friday. This could be why no new transactions appeared in the FCC's CDBS. For one FCC Commissioner, being away from the Portals was vitally important. That's because he's a new father. 

The SBE, Yesterday And Today

"It all began in the summer of 1964, when hundreds of radio and television stations received an envelope addressed simply to the 'Chief Engineer,' postmarked Cleveland, Ohio." That's how columnist Ken Benner begins his latest installment -- a tribute to the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
DOJ / Department of Justice

Senate Six-Pack Seek Justice Move On TV Market Definition

The legislators on Monday wrote to the DOJ's Makan Delrahim in a show of support of its ongoing review of video marketplace rules following a May workshop focused on "competition in television and digital advertising." What do they seek? An update to DOJ market definitions.
Stack of Files

Cable’s Green NPRM Enters Comment and Reply Period

On July 10, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "seeking to modernize certain cable and satellite TV provider notifications." Now, the formal comment date and reply comment date for this NPRM dealing with another FCC green initiative have been set.

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