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Filed Under:Utilities / Communication
Posts on Regator:911
Posts / Week:5.5
Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Performance Royalties: The State of Play

[Blogmeister’s Note: The following post by FHH’s Frank Montero first appeared in Radio Ink Magazine. Our good friends at Radio Ink have given us permission to reprint Frank’s piece here, for which we thank them.] There is much afoot these days in the world of copyrights and performance rights and royalties. Show More Summary

Wireline Competition Bureau Clarifies That You Do - or Do Not - Need Agency Approval Before Transferring Control of Some ETCs

Well, that clears that up On July 24, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) issued a public notice “reminding” carriers of prior approval requirements when certain Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) plan to undergo a transfer of control. Show More Summary

5.8 GHz U-NII Update: Dates Set for Responses to Recon Petitions

A couple of weeks ago we reported that several petitions for reconsideration had been filed relative to last April’s changes to the rules governing the 5 GHz unlicensed band. The FCC’s notice concerning those petitions has now made it into the Federal Register, which means that the deadlines for filing oppositions and replies have now been set. Show More Summary

Testing Completed For Seventh White Space Database System

Google wraps up trials on its modified system; FCC invites comments Looks like it’s time to fill yet another white space in on our white space grid. According to the FCC, hot on the heels of Comsearch (which wrapped up its testing just last month), Google has completed the testing of its modified white space database system. Show More Summary

Congress Says Unlocking Cell Phones is Okay

You ask: why is this even a question? Thanks to action by Congress – something we don’t get to say often, these days – it will soon once again be lawful to “unlock” your cell phone so as to use it with a different carrier. You ask: why...Show More Summary

Update: 3550-3650 MHz Replies Extended to August 15

No need to read the post; the headline says it all. A recent item in in our series of posts on the FCC’s novel spectrum-management proposals for the 3550-3650 MHz band (and possibly 3650-6700 MHz as well) told you the reply comment date was … well, it doesn’t matter what we told you, because the FCC has now extended the reply comment date to August 15. Resume your vacation.

Congress Contemplates Cohabitation at 5.85-5.925 GHz

Bill would set timetable for unlicensed operation, deferred by FCC in April. The crack electrical engineers and spectrum policy experts elected to the U.S. Congress are considering a bill called the Wi-Fi Innovation Act. Readers mayShow More Summary

Update: FCC Announces Form 477 Web Pages, Webinar

Webinar on new filing interface for Form 477 to be held on August 6; FCC releases link to Form 477 filing resources. As we reported last month, the new Form 477 filing interface implemented as part of the Commission’s expansion of the Form 477 Data Program goes live on July 31. Show More Summary

.media is The Message

Calling all media-related folks interested in getting in on the ground floor of a new opportunity. The Top Level Domain (TLD) “.media” is now available. Come one, come all. For the measly sum of $39.99, you could lay claim to your own private piece of the Internet labeled “[YOURNAME].media”. Show More Summary

Music Licensing Study Gets an Encore

Copyright Office seeks more input in proceeding as it considers possible overhaul of the music licensing system. As readers should know by now, the long-stable music licensing system may soon be in flux. Nearly every aspect of the licensing...Show More Summary

Looking for a Way Around a Statute of Limitations?

Video Division forfeiture order shows flexibility, but not necessarily in a good way One thing you can say about the FCC: If they think they’ve caught a licensee in a violation, they can be persistent in their efforts to impose penalties for that violation. Show More Summary

Fifth Circuit: False Claims for USF Funds Are Not Subject to False Claims Act Suits

Court holds that USF funds, administered by a private corporation, are not “federal funds” within meaning of False Claims Act. One weapon in the government’s anti-fraud arsenal – the False Claims Act – will no longer be available toShow More Summary

One in a Million: Coming Clean in the Net Neutrality Proceeding

Open Internet comments have passed the seven-figure mark, but one in particular sticks out. Update: Word is that the total number of comments filed in the net neutrality proceeding leapt from around 650,000 the day before the original...Show More Summary

Aereo Loses First Round in Copyright Office, While Dish Wins its Next Round in the Ninth Circuit

More developments in the realm of Internet retransmission of OTA signals. Aereo – the gift that keeps on giving, at least when it comes to blogworthy content. As we reported, after it got its clock cleaned at the Supreme Court, Aereo...Show More Summary

Media Bureau Invites Comments on Blanket Extension for New Unbuilt Digital LPTV/TV Translator CP's

Uncertainty created by upcoming TV repacking brings call for uniform, blanket extension. If you’re holding onto a construction permit for an unbuilt digital low power television (LPTV) or TV translator station, listen up. The Advanced...Show More Summary

Is the Fuse Lit on the C4 Proposal?

Commission invites preliminary comments on 18-month old petition for establishment of new class of FM station. A proposal to shoe-horn in another class of FM station between existing Classes A and C3 has taken a small but at least observable step ahead. Show More Summary

Upcoming Webinar: Kathy Kleiman and Kevin Goldberg on the Arrival of the New gTLDs

On the agenda: How to take advantage of the new Top Level Domains now coming available, and how to identify and avoid potential problems As we have advised our readers repeatedly, new generic Top Level Domains are here, NOW, and more are coming online every day. Show More Summary

Update: Petitions for Reconsideration Filed in AWS-3 Service Rules Proceeding

Back in April we reported on the adoption of service rules to govern AWS-3 service on 65 MHz of repurposed spectrum, and then last month we noted the publication of the FCC’s action in the Federal Register. As longtime CommLawBlog readers...Show More Summary

INCOMING! Commission's Net Neutrality Comment Conundrum

As comments pile up in the Open Internet proceeding, straining the FCC’s systems, a post on the Commission’s blog got us thinking about transparency. On July 14, 2014 – the day before the original deadline for initial comments in the...Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in Latest EAS Proceeding

As we reported last week, the FCC is looking into a number of possible changes to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in the wake of the first-ever nationwide test of the system conducted in November, 2011. The Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has now been published in the Federal Register. Show More Summary

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