In October 2018, Brooke Ericson prepared for two major life changes: a wedding and a new job. She exited as Chief of Staff and Media Advisor for Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, and we now know who is succeeding her in O'Rielly's office. We also know who the Chief of Staff is for Geoffrey Starks.
While the FCC's current NCE and LPFM procedures have facilitated the grant of several thousand new station construction permits, some of these regulations are "unnecessarily complex" and have caused problems for applicants seeking in good faith to comply with them. The FCC now seeks to remedy that situation.
The new Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommending that Congress develop comprehensive internet data privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections while maintaining flexibility to address a rapidly evolving internet.
Radio and TV stations are no longer required to file paper copies of Section 73.3613 documents, which are routinely presented to the Commission. But, stations must continue to make the documents available to the Commission and the public. Here's a reminder of how that's done.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP has elevated four attorneys to the level of partner. Two have some level of experience working with the FCC, while all will be tackling various levels of issues of importance at the Commission.
The ACA is urging the FCC to eliminate rate regulation rules for small cable operators. More specifically, it wants the Commission to provide deregulatory relief, at a minimum, to systems serving 15,000 or fewer subscribers that are owned by cable companies serving 400,000 or fewer subscribers.
In a “Seminar Notes” booklet prepped over a decade ago, definitions to phrases concocted by Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner, along with suggestions he offered, came with a guarantee. If followed, he promises, comes "extraordinary success for any Radio or TV licensee."
The hearing will examine what Congress should do to address risks to consumers and implement data privacy protections for all Americans. Given the push into digital by radio and TV, this hearing could prove meaningful to broadcasting companies.
Now that Geoffrey Starks has become a FCC Commissioner, the MMTC met with his acting legal advisor in person to share their thoughts on what it considers to be “errors of fact, policy and law” in a Jan. 3, 2019 “White Copy.” MMTC also shared its thoughts on proposals for a new Class C4 FM station.
The #SubCommTech wing of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday held a hearing on "Preserving an Open Internet for Consumers, Small Businesses, and Free Speech." Democrats and Republicans had something to say. So did TechFreedom, following the hearing.
Capitol Hill consideration of four nominees to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be the focus of an executive session of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation scheduled for Wednesday morning in Dirksen SOB.
The former Vice President of International Government Relations and Policy at Verizon Communications, has joined Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C. Her role is as Consulting Counsel.
With another FCC spectrum auction in the books, many broadcasters may be interested in taking stock of the value of their spectrum usage rights and the likelihood that they may have an opportunity to monetize their spectrum in the future. Ari Meltzer of Wiley Rein LLP is happy to help with this guide.
Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner offers"a simplified, common sense, good faith effort to suggest compliance with required tower lighting, paint color, registration, lighting requirements, etc., with suggestions for obtaining documentation supporting your efforts to be compliant with this very important public safety effort." It could prove very valuable -- and save your stations from an FCC violation notice and/or fine.
A range of issues pertaining to best practices for multicultural groups and women in broadcasting and related industry sectors will comprise the bulk of the discussion topics set for a full-day FCC symposium planned for the first Thursday in March.