And Now, The Effective Date Of New FM Translator Interference Rules

When will all rule modifications adopted in the FM Translator Interference Report and Order take effect? Two notices published in the Federal Register have triggered the effective date of the amended rules.
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Why Is This Story Column-Worthy?

Featured columnist and "Mock" inspection pro Ken Benner will never forget the third station he was assigned to inspect under the ABIP program. The situation was so bad that it became the genesis for the “Authorization and Indemnification for Conducting Alternative FCC Inspections."

This Mid-America TV Station Resolves Its KidVid Filing Flub

A broadcast TV station received a Notice of Apparent Liability in response to its failure to timely file its Children's Television Programming reports for 13 quarters. Even worse, the licensee didn't report these late filings in its renewal application. The matter has now been resolved.

Up For Comment: ‘Rules to Modernize the LPFM Technical Rules’

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been released by the FCC in response to a petition by REC Networks to amend the Commission’s rules for the Low Power FM radio service. A Comment Date and Reply Comment Date will be affirmed upon publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.

FCC Extends Comment, Reply Deadlines For EEO Enforcement NPRM

On June 12, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on how it could make improvements to equal employment opportunity compliance and enforcement. The NPRM specified comment and reply comment dates. Scratch them, thanks to a successful MMTC ask.

Nebraska-Born ‘Think F1rst’ Effort Expands To 28 More States

One year ago, Nebraska media organizations launched a campaign designed to better educate Nebraskans on the First Amendment. Today, more than 20 other state broadcast associations and/or press associations are asking their respective members to carry the campaign with creative that has been updated for use across the country.
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FCC Scrubs LPTV, TV Translator Auction

So, you thought you'd get in to broadcast television ownership via Auction 104? A change in plans is now necessary. The FCC just scrapped its plans to conduct the low-power station swap meet.

House E&C Member’s Retirement Fuels Democrats

Pete Olson of Texas has become the second Republican Member of Congress this week to announce his retirement, and say no to a 2020 reelection campaign. Olson is presently a member of the House E&C's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, with FCC oversight.

FCC Broadcast Deadlines For August: What To Know

License renewal pre-filing announcements. Radio post-filing announcements. License renewal applications for radio stations in the Carolinas. These are just some of the things coming for broadcasters in the month of August. Thanks to Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, we have a complete FCC deadline review.

A SubCommTech Return Becomes A ‘Professional’ Move

A 2016 University of Michigan grad, this now former Legislative Assistant for Republican House Member Tim Walberg is taking the role of "Professional Staff Member" on the important-to-broadcast media House E&C Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

‘Burdens’ Of Cable Leased Access Rules Need FCC Fix

The nation's top pro-small MVPD lobbying group is calling on the FCC to further reduce the "burdens" associated with leased access capacity that cable operators must make available to programmers.

Starks Selects A Special Advisor

A little bit of Public Knowledge was enough to convince the FCC's newest Commissioner, Geoffrey Starks, to make his selection of a Special Advisor. That organization's Communications Justice Policy Fellow will now be closely working with the Democrat.

Pai’s Next Proposals To Streamline Rules, Go Green

Reducing regulatory burdens for broadcast media. Lowering the use of paper. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been a champion of both since taking over leadership of the Commission. On Monday, Pai introduced two more proposals designed to "modernize" FCC processes.

Introducing the Pacific NW’s Newest FM

A municipality of less than 200 people made famous in June 2007 when an Oregon man purchased half the town after a visit to simply go antique shopping has no local radio stations of its own. The nearest AMs and FMs are at least 40 miles away. That's about to change.
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More Tales From The Alternative Inspection Trail

"One of the greatest joys of life is being appreciated by those for whom we can lend a helping hand," says Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner. "It could be a simple explanation of some basic problem never previously experienced by someone." During a recent Alternative inspection tour involving dozens of radio and television stations, Ken and his wife, Karen, found this conduct so very helpful.

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