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FCC Flexes Its Indecency Muscle - Despite Long Hiatus and Unclear Standard

Apparently horrified by a three-second video clip inadvertently aired during newscast, FCC slams licensee with $325K fine It’s been a while since we checked in on the FCC’s indecency policy. When last we did, the constitutionality of that policy remained unresolved (and, in the minds of at least two Supreme Court justices, seriously in doubt). Show More Summary

Getting Rulemaking Petitions On File Online

New option allows filing of petitions for rulemaking through ECFS. If you’re planning on filing a petition for rulemaking with the FCC but you’re out of paper, or maybe your printer is low on toner and the local Kinko’s is closed, we’ve got good news for you. Show More Summary

Now Available: Kevin Goldberg on Music Licensing - The Online Version

Frequent CommLawBlog contributor and copyright guru Kevin Goldberg (that's his smiling face next to the post) presented a 90-minute webinar on “Everything You Wanted (or Needed) to Know About Music Licensing, But Were Afraid to Ask” on March 25. Show More Summary

Tomorrow's Broadcast Leaders: Their Future's So Bright, They've Gotta Wear Shades

FHH Profs Montero and Kirkpatrick show up-and-comers the ropes. Another class of the brightest and the best is working its way through the Broadcast Leadership Training Program, and FHH is there to help. The BLT, of course, is a 10-month...Show More Summary

Flo and Eddie's Next Victim: Pandora

Anti-SLAPP defense gets farther than expected, but fails in the end... this time. In the continuing saga of Flo and Eddie vs. The Digital World, we have a twist. Sure, Flo and Eddie won again – it’s not that much of a twist. But theShow More Summary

Copyright Office Offers A Sketch of the Future of Music Licensing

245-page report takes no action, but suggests important changes to the music licensing process Almost one year after launching a far-reaching inquiry into the “effectiveness of existing methods of licensing music”, the Copyright Office (CO) has released the 245-page report setting out its conclusions. Show More Summary

Brrr - The Auction 98 FM Freeze is On

With Auction 98 now in the works, the Commission has frozen, effective immediately (i.e., as of March 16, 2015): All applications proposing to modify any of the 131 vacant non-reserved band FM allotments scheduled for Auction 94 (currently...Show More Summary

Auction 98: 131 FM Allotments on the Block

The bidding won’t start until July, but there’s no time like the present to check out this year’s opportunities. The FM construction permits available in the 2015 auction have hit the show room floor. If you’re thinking about bidding on any of the 131 new and used models up for grabs, start looking now. Show More Summary

Drones Now on NTIA's Radar

Another federal agency is now considering regulation of drones - but it's NOT the FCC. We have previously reported on the FAA’s regulation – or non-regulation, or proposed regulation – of drones (official bureaucratic name: unmanned aircraft systems or UAS). Show More Summary

Congress to FCC: Now, Let's Do Something About 10 GHz

Some familiar faces take an alternative approach to trying to get the FCC to open up spectrum for wireless broadband. Recently, we reported on bills introduced – actually, re-introduced, since proposals with the same language had died during the preceding Congressional session – by several reasonably high-profile Senators and Representatives. Show More Summary

The Net Neutrality Order Has Hit the Stands!

Next stop, some federal court of appeals? If you were looking for something to do in your spare time for the next several weeks, we have some good news for you. The FCC has just released its “Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order” in the net neutrality proceeding. Show More Summary

Net Neutrality V.3: What We Know So Far

Pushed by losses in the courts, FCC relies on Title II, Section 706, Title III as authority for increased regulatory control of the Internet [Blogmeister’s Note: While the FCC technically adopted its highly controversial “net neutrality” rules on February 26, the full text of those rules has yet to be released. Show More Summary

FHH's Frank Montero Interviews Commissioner Clyburn

Deep in the heart of Texas, Francisco Montero (we call him “Frank”), one of Fletcher Heald’s co-managing members, recently had the honor of interviewing Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at a joint session of the Radio Ink Hispanic Radio and Sports Radio Conferences. Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in 76-81 GHz Proceeding

Last month we reported on a batch of FCC proposals aimed at liberalizing the rules governing operation in the 76-81 GHz band. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has now been published in the Federal Register, so we now know what the deadlines for comments and reply comments are. Show More Summary

Rural Call Completion Update: Final Rules Now in Effect

As we reported late last year, a few of the FCC’s revisions to its rules concerning rural call completion had to be run past the Office of Management and Budget before they could take effect. According to a notice in the Federal Register, that process has now been completed, so the final elements of those rule revisions have taken effect as of March 4, 2015.

Update: Most, But Not All, New E911 Rules Set to Take Effect in April

As we reported last month, the Commission has adopted a new set of E911 standards designed to improve E911 location capability. The FCC’s Fourth Report and Order setting forth those standards has now been published in the Federal Register. Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Announced in Digital Remote Pickup Proceeding

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (NPRM/O) that resolved some questions related to broadcast remote pickup (RPU) authorizations and proposed a number of changes to the RPU rules. (Among the...Show More Summary

Update: Effective Date Set for STELAR-mandated Rule Changes

Last month we reported on an FCC order implementing several rule changes dictated by Congress in the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014. Those changes include the ban on joint negotiation for retransmission consent agreements by any two same-market TV stations not under common control (as that term is defined by the FCC rules). Show More Summary

Congress Steps Back Into Wi-Fi-Related Spectrum Fight

New bills would force the FCC to examine, on an expedited basis, possible Wi-Fi and other unlicensed use of 5.9 GHz band. As a general rule, the FCC is in the driver’s seat when it comes to spectrum management in the U.S. But that doesn’t mean that Congress can’t, and won’t, occasionally engage in some aggressive backseat driving. Show More Summary

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

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