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TV Stations: The SESAC Check is (Almost) in the Mail

TVMLC settlement with SESAC gets the thumbs up from judge; important forms to be sent to participating stations to get the refund process rolling If you’re a full-power TV operator in the U.S. (or its territories) and you obtained aShow More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set for Form 323 RUFRN NPRM

We recently reported on the FCC’s proposal to revise its broadcast ownership reporting requirements to permit all attributable interest holders to utilize a “Restricted Use FCC Registration Number” (RUFRN) in connection with both commercial and noncommercial broadcast ownership reports (FCC Forms 323 and 323-E, respectively). Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadline Announced in FAA Drone Rulemaking

Last week we reported on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration relative to the operation of “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” – what the rest of us out here in the Real World would refer to as “drones”. The NPRM has now made it into the Federal Register, so we know that comments in response to the NPRM are due by April 24, 2015.

FAA Throws in the Towel On FM Spectrum, Apparently

After nearly a decade, the FAA advises that it is no longer pursuing a proposal that would have inserted it deeply into the regulation of FM stations. For years, the Federal Aviation Administration has toyed with the idea of regulating...Show More Summary

Is There a Geofencing Exemption from Digital Performance Royalties? Concentrate and Ask Again

VerStandig lawsuit tossed on technicalities. Will geofencing really provide webcasting broadcasters a shield that they can deploy against royalty claims? While that question was raised in a lawsuit last spring, it won’t be getting answered soon: the case has been dismissed … for the time being, at least. Show More Summary

More Tales of the TCPA: $342K Fine for Violation-Laden Robocalls

Spoofing tactic appears to backfire on robocaller. As a public service, we offer a couple of helpful CommLawBlog tips to folks who feel like violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by making unsolicited prerecorded advertising calls: First and foremost, DON’T violate the TCPA; If you insist on ignoring Tip No. Show More Summary

FCC to Remote Pickup Licensees: Let's Get Digital!

Commission proposes technical adjustments to help remote pickup operations enter the digital age. It looks like broadcasters’ Remote Pickup (RPU) operations may finally be getting pushed into the digital 21st Century. In response toShow More Summary

STELAR Aftermath: Ban on Joint Retrans Negotiations, Other Rules Revised

At Congress’s direction, FCC narrows, considerably, the ability of same-market stations to negotiate retransmission consent deals jointly. Back in November (as we reported), Congress passed the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (a/k/a STELAR). Show More Summary

LMS Watch: Form 2100 Gets Four More Schedules

Attention LPTV, Class A TV and TV Translator CP and license applicants: Form 2100 is your ONLY option as of February 23. Last September we introduced our readers to the new “Licensing and Management System” (LMS) that the Commission plans to use as a one-stop-shop for all broadcast forms. Show More Summary

Marriott Checks Out of Declaratory Ruling/Rulemaking Proceeding

Prudent network management or Wi-Fi jamming? The question has been taken off the table … for now. Last year we reported on a couple of interactions between the FCC and the well-known hotelier, the Marriott Corporation. The news started...Show More Summary

Newsgathering Drones: Prepare for Takeoff?

FAA announces NPRM indicating that it will reverse course on commercial use of drones. It’s a time-honored Washington tradition that, when an agency wants to avoid press coverage of a controversial action, it will release notice of that action late on a Friday afternoon, ideally just before a three-day weekend. Show More Summary

Form 323: So Long, SUFRNs; Hello, RUFRNs?

Another ownership reporting cycle, another acronym: the FCC continues to struggle to devise an ownership reporting mechanism that will give the Commission what it wants. The Commission has once again waded into the muck of how individual interest holders listed in broadcast ownership reports should be required to identify themselves. Show More Summary

Reminder: Sponsorship ID's Required Even When the Government is the Sponsor

If Uncle Sam is paying for the time, Uncle Sam is the sponsor. Long-time reader, broadcaster, Friend of the Blog, client (and, yes, attorney) Tom Taggart has suggested that a reminder about sponsorship identification might be useful in light of a recent situation he encountered. Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in Online Public Inspection File Proceeding

In the waning days of 2014 we reported on the release of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the Commission proposed to expand the online public inspection requirement to include radio broadcasters, cable operators and satellite broadcast services. Show More Summary

Pre-1972 Sound Recording Litigation: The Beat Goes On

Flo and Eddie, still on a roll in New York, face a decision; meanwhile, a new plaintiff surfaces in California For those of you awaiting the next installment of “Flo and Eddie Get Sirius”, we have some news. Recall that last November,...Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Extended in MVPD-Redefinition Proceeding

Last month we reported on the FCC’s proposal to redefine the MVPD universe to include services “untethered” from any infrastructure-based definition – in other words, to include Internet-delivered, “over-the-top” services. The Media Bureau has now extended the comment deadlines in that proceeding. Show More Summary

Telecom Tickler 2015 - CPNI Certifications Due By March 2

It’s that time of year again – time for our annual reminder to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers that your CPNI certifications are due by March 2, 2015. While the Enforcement Bureau has announced the deadline as March 1, it appears not to have noticed that in 2015, March 1 is a Sunday. Show More Summary

Incentive Auction Update: Projected Opening Bids Shoot Up in Latest Greenhill Report

Latest Greenhill estimates incorporate more sophisticated procedures and analytics, results of AWS-3 auction. Let’s say that you’re a TV broadcaster (full-service or Class A), and you’ve been thinking about participating in the Incentive Auction but, so far, at least, you haven’t been quite persuaded. Show More Summary

Roam-eo, Roam-eo, Wherefore Art Thou? Locating E911 Callers to Become Easier

With widespread cooperation, Commission looks to improve accuracy, reliability of E911 location capability Back in the day, when landline phones ruled, emergency responders could locate 911 callers with relative ease. After all, each...Show More Summary

On the 76-81 GHz Screen: More Radar, Less Amateur?

FCC proposes increased radar uses of the band, to the possible detriment of radio astronomers and amateur radio. Just ten years ago, the upper reaches of the millimeter wave bands – the “nosebleed” spectrum – were mostly empty. There...Show More Summary

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