WBK Attorney, Ex-FCC Associate Joins USTelecom

A partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer who advised communications providers and trade associations on strategic, policy, and legal matters has taken the SVP of Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs post at USTelecom.

Benner On Washington: ‘The Epitome Of Complexification’

It’s 2019, and to mark the new year featured columnist Ken Benner has pledged to de-clutter his 60+ years of collected broadcast industry documents. He's in his second month of shredding, and just uncovered an item he challenges anyone "to find anything so pathetically and disgustingly over-complicated in the massive historical files of FCC regulations."

Entries Wanted: 2019 Celebration of Service To America Awards

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting entries for the 2019 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters.

Things To Consider In 2019

Pillsbury attorneys Scott Flick and Warren Kessler have published their annual calendar of upcoming regulatory deadlines for broadcasters — "a compendium of the currently 'known knowns'” of 2019. It’s chock-full of dates and deadlines affecting TV and radio in the coming year, and cross-references some of Pillsbury's other advisories to help stations meet their regulatory obligations in the year ahead.

A Love Letter To The FCC’s Leader

As featured Media Information Bureau columnist Ken Benner looks back at 2018 and the regulatory atmosphere for media companies, he turns his full attention to Ajit Pai. In Benner's view, Pai is empowered to reverse a four-decade decline of broadcasting -- a direct result of hefty financial penalties handed down to licensees.

Pai’s ‘Shalom’ Salute To Israel

On Monday, the FCC and the Israeli Ministry of Justice came together in a joint commitment to give its respective citizens something Chairman Ajit Pai calls "digital opportunity." The two agencies, in Jerusalem, convened the first meeting of a new Joint Working Group to exchange information and learn from each other’s experiences. Here are Pai's remarks on the gathering.

To Little Surprise, Pallone Picked To Lead House E&C

To the shock of no one, the committee with oversight of the FCC will be lead in the 116th Congress by one of the biggest detractors of Chairman Ajit Pai and the GOP-driven "modernization" seen under his watch.

Senate Puts House On Hot Seat To Pass ‘READI’ Act

With the unanimous approval of a lame-duck U.S. Senate, more people will soon -- hopefully -- receive relevant emergency alerts on their TVs, radios and mobile phones. At the same time, new ways of alerting a public now consuming more streaming video and audio is being explored. It's up to the House to act on the Act.

Calendar Quick-Check: FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines

There's plenty of forward-looking at what the new year might bring. To help with that, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorneys put their magnifying glass on FCC-related deadlines that await broadcasters.

An Ode To Two Important Engineers’ Organizations

As one of the 17 surviving SBE Charter members, featured columnist Ken Benner played "a small but significant and proud role" in the development of The Society of Broadcast Engineers and, later, The National Radio and Telecommunications Engineers. With the recent passing of SBE Past President Barry Thomas, Benner reflects on the importance of these two groups.

Is The Senate Done Stalling On A Geoffrey Starks Vote?

Geoffrey Starks' FCC nomination vote -- and that for another Commissioner -- could be coming in days, not weeks. Starks' selection by the White House as the man to fill Tom Wheeler's seat came five months ago. Since then, there's been inaction from the Senate. It's likely tied to another Commissioner's future.

Radio Pirate Arrested, Arraigned For Felonious Broadcasts

For most Westchester County residents, the town of Croton-On-Hudson is known mainly for its train station. Now, it is gaining national notice for a joint investigation involving the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and the county District Attorney’s Office resulting in the arrest and arraignment of a pirate radio operator.

Tribune’s Lazarus Effect: A Shift For Its Top Lawyer

A company that considers itself "the inventor of multi-room wireless home audio" has just snagged the General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer for the company that Nexstar wishes to acquire. It's a man many in D.C. know very well: He served as Chief of Staff to a former FCC Chairman.

Station License Posting Rules Get ‘Modernized’

It didn't even take a voice vote or discussion at Wednesday's scheduled FCC Open Meeting for the Commissioners to say yes to the plan, with word of the OK coming as the Commission christened a new Office.

A D.C. Law Firm’s Consumer Protection Coup

The Chief of Staff for the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection since April 2016 is trading in her government job for a role as a Partner in one of the nation's most prestigious communications law firms.

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