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Media Bureau Finds 231 MX Groups In NCE Filing Window

The FCC's Media Bureau has identified 231 MX groups, comprising some 883 applications, in its filing window for applications for new noncommercial educational (NCE) FM new station construction permits, which closed on November 9. What's next? A new window for settlements and technical amendments.
Byron Allen, media mogul. Real Person.

Byron Allen Voices His Support For ‘Net Neutrality’ Fighter Sohn

He's a NAB board member and the only Black owner-operator of full-power "Big Four" network broadcast affiliates in the U.S. Now, Byron Allen is vocalizing his support of President Biden's choice to serve as a Democratic Commissioner on the FCC: Gigi Sohn.
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FCC to Host Video Programming Accessibility Forum

A December 2 forum will explore the state of closed captioning availability for online video programming and discuss ways to enhance accessibility.
Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.)

Additional Details on Section 230 Legislative Hearing Revealed

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) are providing additional details on a "Section 230" legislative hearing.
Acting FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

EAS Alert Improvements Teed Up For Next FCC Open Meeting

Come December 14, Jessica Rosenworcel hopes to hit a high note with a proposal intended to improve the clarity and accessibility of Emergency Alert System visual messages and tests, especially for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing or are otherwise unable to access the audio message.
Suzanne Barnett Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

Non-NPR Noncomm SESAC Royalties Get COLA Rise

The Copyright Royalty Judges have made a cost of living adjustment to the royalty rate that non-NPR Member noncommercial radio stations "at certain colleges, universities, and other educational institutions" must pay for the use in 2022 of published nondramatic musical compositions in the SESAC repertory — pursuant to the statutory license under the Copyright Act for noncommercial broadcasting. 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Are House Democrats Guilty of ‘Unprecedented, Partisan’ FCC Funding?

It's little secret that they are very much against the “Build Back Better” reconciliation package passed on a party-line vote by Democrats. But, two leading Republicans on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee are disgusted over what they perceive is an "unprecedented influx of funding" to the FCC.

Late Filing Of Quarterly TV Issues/Programs Lists Yields Fines

A little lamb of a television station may be roaring like a lion, thanks to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture handed to its owner by the Video Division of the FCC's Media Bureau. A similar NAL, one double in value, was also handed out to Eastern Florida State College.
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MX Application Settlement Period Set For ‘Auction 111’

The Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA) and the Media Bureau of the FCC have identified two mutually exclusive short-form applications to participate in Auction 111. Here's what happens next, with settlement agreements due by November 30.
Bonneville International

FEMA, Bonneville To Inaugurate New Emergency Broadcast Studio

FEMA and Bonneville International Corp.'s Seattle radio stations are preparing to unveil an "all-hazards upgrade" to what is considered to be the “Primary Entry Point” facility at one of the market's leading spoken word radio stations.

With Sohn Block On In Congress, A Call To Legislate

The controversy over Gigi Sohn’s nomination to the FCC is the talk of Washington — and will be a key topic of discussion tomorrow at Forecast 2022. As AEI nonresident senior fellow Daniel Lyons sees it, these nomination battles could be less frequent — and less important — if the focus of legislative decision-making was shifted from agencies like the FCC back to Congress.

Media Bureau Input Wanted on CMG Divestment Duo Delay

Should Cox Media Group be granted additional time to fully divest itself of two FM radio stations in the state of Florida, needed transactions contingent on the FCC's approval of the company's transition to majority ownership by Apollo Global Management? The Commission wants your input on the matter.
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A Hispanic Media Company Resolves Political File Flubs

One of the nation's biggest media companies superserving U.S. Hispanic audiences has entered into a consent decree with the Media Bureau of the FCC that effectively resolves two online political file violations. One incident occurred in Dallas. The other incident occurred in Houston.

In Reply Comments, NAB Pushes FCC Reg Fee Reform

The NAB believes the FCC "must recognize that it is patently unfair to require broadcasters to absorb significant fee increases year after year to not only pay for the costs of regulating broadcasters but also for Commission activities that are primarily for the benefit of other entities in the telecommunications ecosystem."

TEGNA Responds to Dish ‘Bad Faith’ Fight with FCC Cross-Complaint

It's perhaps the ugliest retransmission consent impasse seen in recent months. On Friday, TEGNA took things up a notch by going to the FCC by filing a cross-complaint against Dish for what it says is "its failure to comply" with the Commission's "Good Faith" rules.
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