Comment Period for New Radio Noncomm Royalty Rates Opens

The Copyright Royalty Judges have published for comment proposed regulations governing the rates and terms for the digital performances of sound recordings by certain public radio stations and for the making of ephemeral recordings necessary to facilitate those transmissions.

This Simple Form Can Prevent a $15K FCC Forfeiture

Featured columnist Ken Benner is particularly incensed over a proposed $15,000 fine handed to a Virginia radio station. Why? He has a simple form that could have prevented the signing and mailing of a hefty check to Washington, he writes in this Media Information Bureau exclusive.

Beasley Head, Comcast Counsel Take Key ACDDE Roles

It's official: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed several members to serve on the 2019 Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. Among those taking some of the biggest roles is the head of Beasley, and the VP/Counsel for Global Public Policy at Comcast.

Bipartisan House Bill Would Require C-Band Public Auction

A coalition of House Members have introduced legislation that would require a public auction of C-Band spectrum in a manner that they believe "promotes competition, spurs the 5G revolution, and yields revenue for important domestic priorities."

The Tester Test: Can DirecTV Pass It?

Wednesday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing on STELAR reauthorization saw Montana Democrat Jon Tester state his case. He's not a fan of it, as it gives DirecTV an out for not providing local news in two DMAs where he has constituents. How did AT&T's SVP/Content and Programming respond?

Pallone, Doyle Schedule C-Band Hearing In House

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) have set Oct. 29 as the date the influential Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit all Americans.”

Multicultural Broadcast Lobby Challenges FCC Incubator Fees

With an August 27 Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking open to comments, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters teamed up in offering their thoughts on reg fees to the FCC.

Comment, Reply Dates Affirmed On Local Public Notice FNPRM

On September 26, the FCC adopted and released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its proceeding to modernize and revise its rules for applicants providing local public notice of broadcast application filing. A Comment Date and Reply Comment Date were tied to Federal Register publication. That's just happened.
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Benner On Washington: Recalling The Golden Days of Radio

One common question presented to Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner in his quarter-century of work as an Alternative Broadcast Inspector is this: How can we be more financially successful with our station(s)? He has one simple answer: Content, content, content.

Eleven Political File Complaints Resolved With FCC Handslap

Some 11 complaints against commercial TV stations owned by such companies as Nexstar, Scripps, Hearst Television and Graham Media Group have been resolved. The complaints focused on the stations' maintenance of political files. What did the Commission find?

Carr Selects An Acting Media Advisor

Carr's choice is currently the Associate Chief of the Media Bureau’s Video Division, having recently returned to the FCC following a year in Rwanda, where he served as a program specialist for a USAID-funded project designed to increase access to justice and enhance the rule of law.

MMTC Responds To ACA Connects/NAB Comments On FCC EEO Plan

On Labor Day, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council sent a letter to the FCC “respectfully recommending four steps it can take immediately, upon delegated authority, to improve EEO enforcement." The NAB and ACA Connects offered a joint reply. The MMTC is now responding to their comments.

Re-Chartered ACDDE To Meet In D.C.

The first meeting of the re-chartered FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) has scheduled its first meeting. Who's the Chair? What about the Vice Chair? We now know who has filled those roles.

ACA Chimes In On NPR ‘5G Plus Plan’ Presentation

Among the groups that want a say on the rollout of 5G wireless technology is NPR. In a presentation filed with the FCC is a chart that shows how, in its view, various C-Band reallocation proposals including the 5G Plus Plan would meet the needs of public radio stations that rely on the C-Band to deliver programming. ACA Connects has something to say about NPR's chart.

‘Richmond Independent Radio’ Dinged For Late Filing

Next week, Richmond Independent Radio will be celebrating 14 years of service to the capital of Virginia. By then, it hopefully will get over the disappointment of an unexpected forfeiture to the FCC for missing an important filing deadline.

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