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Update: Deadlines Set for Comments on Proposed Reservation of UHF Channel Space for Unlicensed Use, Wireless Mics

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the Commission’s proposal to reserve onere vacant UHF TV channel in every geographic aa of the country for use by unlicensed TV white space devices and wireless microphones. With impressive speed the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has found its way into the Federal Register. As a result, … Continue Reading

Restoring Vitality to the AM Revitalization Effort

The radio industry has been waiting for the FCC to finally release its long-awaited AM revitalization order. However, much of the optimism that was felt when the AM revitalization proceeding was initiated years ago appears to be screeching to a halt. Within the world of AM revitalization, nothing appears to outshine the ever-increasing reliance upon … Continue Reading

Update: Remaining Revised Antenna Structure Rules Now In Effect

Nearly a year ago we reported on some regulatory weedwhacking that pruned some (but by no means all) of the things that tower owners need to worry about when it comes to the FCC’s Antenna Structure Regulations. Most of the revised rules took effect last October. As often happens, though, a couple were left in … Continue Reading

OET Runs the Numbers Using the New and Improved TVStudy V.1.3.2

Areas/pops data for auction-eligible stations released for comment. We have another sign of the impending arrival of the spectrum auction. The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has released what it describes as the “final” version of its TVStudy software. This latest-and-greatest version – dubbed Version 1.3.2 – is the one that will be … Continue Reading

Update: Effective Date Set for Revised EAS Rules

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the revisions to the Emergency Alert System rules adopted in the wake of the 2011 nationwide EAS test. Those revisions have now been published in the Federal Register, so we know that they will take effect on July 30, 2015. All the new rules, that is, EXCEPT … Continue Reading

Sirius Waves a $210 Million White Flag

Settlement wraps up record labels’ lawsuit re pre-1972 performance rights They’re rejoicing in the Home for Old Musicians (not to mention the Home for Companies That Own Old Musicians’ Performance Copyrights). Sirius XM and several major record labels have settled one of the “Pre-1972” lawsuits that we’ve written about in the past. The result: Sirius … Continue Reading

Form 2100, Schedule 381 – Getting There Is Half the Fun!

Want to file your Schedule 381 but not sure how to get there? Just follow us… We have previously reported that TV stations included on the FCC’s Eligibility List have got to file Form 2100, Schedule 381 (official name: “Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form”) by July 9, which is right around the corner. Now we have … Continue Reading

Meet the New CommLawBlog, NOT the Same as the Old CommLawBlog

Introducing some changes AND a new CommLawBlog contest! As longtime readers have doubtless noticed already, CommLawBlog looks different. That’s because, with the help of our friends at LexBlog, as of June 25 we have upgraded ourselves in a number of respects, some obvious, some not so. The content, of course, hasn’t changed. It’s all there, … Continue Reading

Student Proposal: Getting Interference? Tell It to the Judge!

After 81 years, the FCC has still not fulfilled its congressional mandate to "prevent interference between stations."… Continue Reading

A Regulatory Message To Tower Owners: Follow the Rules

If you own a tower subject to the FCC's Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) requirements, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's got something to say to you.… Continue Reading

Watch Out! The FCC Helps the Lost Get Found!

Crash-land your helicopter on polar ice? Sail into a reef with your yacht? Get lost in the deep jungle? No problem... if you've got a Breitling Emergency!… Continue Reading

Auction 98 – The Applications Are In

Interested in Auction 98 (featuring 131 FM construction permits)? The FCC has released lists of the complete and the incomplete applications (and one rejected application) filed by would-be bidders.… Continue Reading

EAS Rules Revised

After analyzing the performance of the Emergency Alert System during the 2011 nationwide test, and after twice soliciting input from interested parties, the Commission has decided to tweak the system.… Continue Reading

The Squeeze is On: FCC Proposes to Reserve UHF Channel Space for White Space Devices and Wireless Mics

With the impending repack of the TV band, already scarce spectrum will be getting scarcer.… Continue Reading

A Pair Can Channel Share, but Better Still Beware

The FCC has tuned up its TV channel-sharing rules in advance of the incentive auction. And there's more to come.… Continue Reading

Update: Effective Date Set for Some (But Not All) Citizens Broadband Radio Service Rules

Last month we reported on the FCC’s decision to open up the 3.5 GHz (3550-3700 MHz) band for a wide variety of new uses, making it the new home of the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). While (as we have also reported) a number...Show More Summary

Student Proposal: Getting Interference? Tell It to the Judge!

Colorado students propose a mechanism for swift adjudication of interference disputes. When Congress created the FCC in 1934, it ordered the new agency to “Make such regulations … as it may deem necessary to prevent interference between stations ….” Eighty-one years later, the FCC has still not figured out how to do this. Show More Summary

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