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Final Latch Secured On LPTV Freezer

The FCC has announced that effective immediately, it will no longer accept applications for construction permits for new digital companion channels filed by analog Low Power Television stations.  While this article refers to only LPTV stations, TV translators are subject to all the same rules and to the new freeze. This freeze removes the only … Continue Reading

More FCC Satellite Earth Stations Up for Renewal in 2017

We take this opportunity to remind earth station licensees and registrants that the FCC’s International Bureau does not issue notifications of license expiration dates, or reminders to file renewal applications. We expect to see more licenses up for renewal this year as compared to the last few years. So please take a moment to review … Continue Reading

FCC, Straight Path Execute $100 Million Settlement of Wireless Probe

Decision has 5G implications Wow—FCC enforcement actions don’t get any juicier than this:  an anonymous whistleblower, alleged misrepresentations to the FCC, and a complex $100 million fine to Straight Path Communications, Inc. for apparently...Show More Summary

FCC Fines Straight Path $100M to Settle Wireless License Probe

Wow—FCC enforcement actions don’t get any juicier than this:  an anonymous whistleblower, alleged misrepresentations to the FCC, and a complex $100 million fine to Straight Path Communications, Inc. for apparently misrepresenting that...Show More Summary

FCC About to Sweep Away Last Paper Public File Remnants

The FCC plans to vote on the last vestiges of the paper public file at its January open meeting on the 31st — a Report and Order resolving a May 2016 proposal to eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain copies of letters and emails from the public concerning their station operation in their … Continue Reading

Keeping Tabs on the Post-Auction TV Transition Progress

FCC Releases Proposed Progress Report Form and Seeks to Require Non-Reimbursable Stations to Comply As the end of the Incentive Auction (hopefully) nears, the FCC has released additional information about the requirements and mechanisms...Show More Summary

The Winds of Change Blowing Through FCC

Lately, there has been a lot of news about all the political jockeying at the FCC over who will stay and who will go, plus who must leave and who will be appointed. Will he or she be a Republican or Democrat?  Will the Democrats stay?  Wait….what?  Democrats stay?  Didn’t Trump win the election?  How can … Continue Reading

Frank Montero Dishes on New FCC

FHH’s own managing member, Frank Montero was featured in a front page profile interview for Radio World Magazine where he discusses his views on the Trump Administration’s impact on the new FCC and the potential effect on broadcasters. Here is the interview:    … Continue Reading

Public File Political Requirements Clarified as Wheeler Administration Sunsets

On Friday, January 7, after the sun had set and the FCC’s doors were locked for the night, the agency released two decisions addressing complaints that a dozen TV stations did not provide sufficiently complete information about political advertising in their public inspection files during the 2016 Presidential campaign. That sounds kind of like a … Continue Reading

Why FCC’s Media Bureau Approval of Increased Foreign Investment in Univision Should Interest You

In a decision of interest to other broadcast owners, the FCC cleared the way on Tuesday for Televisa, a Mexican media conglomerate, to own a larger stake of U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision (the Declaratory Ruling may be read here). The two companies jointly filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling requesting that the agency permit foreign … Continue Reading

FCC Needs Updated TV Contact Info. For Channel Reassignments

The FCC’s Media Bureau and the Incentive Auction Task Force are (again!) reminding all television owners (including those participating in the broadcast incentive auction and those who may potentially be subject to repacking) to provide updated contact information for every station in your portfolio. Show More Summary

Do Excessive Rights-of-Way Costs Get in The Way of 5G?

The FCC is asking for public input on streamlining its rules governing deployment of small cell infrastructure to support 5G services by improving the agency’s wireless facilities siting policies. The effort by the Wireless Telecommunications...Show More Summary

FCC’s Media Bureau Reaffirms NCE Ownership Reporting Requirements, Angers GOP Commissioners

The (seemingly never-ending) saga of the FCC’s attempts to revise its biennial ownership reporting requirements for broadcasters has taken an interesting, and somewhat unexpected turn. As we have previously reported, the Media Bureau...Show More Summary

Company Fined $60k for Not Seeking Prior OK to Transfer Licenses

Continued use of expired licenses leads to enforcement action The FCC recently released an Order and Consent Decree that, with a $60,000 fine, acts as a bold reminder to manufacturers, utilities, and other companies that they must seek...Show More Summary

FCC Creates Some Clarity Regarding USF Contribution Obligations for Audio Conferencing

Recently, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) overruled a Universal Administrative Company’s (USAC) decision that required Cisco to pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) based on revenue realized from the audio component of its WebEx service. Show More Summary

Radio Music License Committee and Global Music Rights Reach Interim License Agreement

(Stations Fearing a Difficult Choice Before January 1 now have until January 31 to opt in to an interim license agreement and continue playing GMR songs through September.) If you are a radio station, especially a commercial radio station primarily playing music, you are probably aware of the dueling lawsuits filed by the Radio Music … Continue Reading

The FCC’s Foray Into 5G, IoT Device Cybersecurity

Public Safety Bureau asks wide-ranging questions in NOI The Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has put out a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking information about the security of communications in 5G networks and devices. Show More Summary

FCC Names Spectrum Access Administrators

Seven companies will simultaneously control multiple users across three priority levels in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The FCC hopes to launch new spectrum management techniques with the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS),...Show More Summary

FCC Gives NCEs Reprieve on Filing Biennial Ownership Reports

Non-commercial educational (NCE) television and radio stations received an early Christmas present from the Commission. The agency suspended biennial ownership filing requirements for those that who would otherwise be required to file such reports on Form 323-E. Show More Summary

Merry Christmas to the Licensee Community from New York!

Court of Appeals Holds No New York Performance Right in Sound Recordings In what comes as an early Christmas gift for those who play “oldies” music – think Sirius XM Radio, radio broadcasters, and webcasters – and coal in the stockings of the owners of those recordings, New York’s highest state court ruled today that … Continue Reading

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