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Filed Under:Utilities / Communication
Posts on Regator:930
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Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

NLRB Panel Likes "Likes"

To the likely dislike of companies who aren’t careful about their social media policies, NLRB holds Facebook “liking” can be “concerted protected activity”. I’ve written a few pieces about the National Labor Relations (NLRB) and social media. Show More Summary

Are Deferred Radio Renewals Headed for Hearings?

Audio Division may be considering designating some renewal applications for hearing, but practical considerations could, and should, make it think twice. Last February my colleague Howard Weiss reported on a decision by the Audio Division...Show More Summary

Upcoming Webinar: What You Need to Know About The Must-Carry/Retrans Consent Election Process

Attention TV licensees: MVPD carriage elections must be formalized by October 1 for carriage arrangements through 2017. Have YOU tied everything down yet? With Summer, 2014 on the wane and Labor Day just days away, full-service TV licensees...Show More Summary

Last Minute Update: Reply Deadline in 5.8 GHz U-NII Proceeding Extended

Last month we reported that the FCC had announced deadlines for oppositions and replies to several petitions for reconsideration that had been filed with respect to recent changes to the rules governing the 5 GHz unlicensed band. The FCC received over 100 filings. Show More Summary

Update: Reply Comment Deadline Extended in Net Neutrality Proceeding

The comment total is already past 1,100,000, but who’s counting? Really, would it be possible to get too many net neutrality comments? As if. So we’re pleased to report that the FCC has extended the deadline for filing reply comments by five days. Show More Summary

FCC Adopts ANSI C63.1-2013 for 1920-1930 MHz

FCC rule change adopts ANSI update that reflects 2012 FCC rule change. The FCC continues to mop up the technical rules for Unlicensed Personal Communications Service at 1920-1930 MHz. An order in 2012 simplified those rules. Among other...Show More Summary

Update: Deadlines for Seeking Reconsideration, Appeal of Spectrum Auction Report and Order Set

Exactly three months after its adoption, the FCC’s Report and Order (R&O) setting the preliminary ground rules to cover the ambitious incentive auction and repacking of the TV band has now been published in the Federal Register. While...Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines in FM Class C4 Proceeding Extended

Last month we reported that the Commission had formally acknowledged the petition for rulemaking filed by SSR Communications proposing the creation of a new class of FM channel – Class C4 – to be shoe-horned in between current Class A and Class C3. Show More Summary

Mitchell Lazarus, Back on the Tubes

Our colleague down here in the CommLawBlog bunker, Mitchell Lazarus, has popped up on the Internet, again. This time it’s in an interview on the RF Venue site. RF Venue is a company that produces a variety of accessories designed to make wireless audio systems work better, so it makes sense that they would be interested in interviewing Prof. Show More Summary

Regulatory Weed-Whacking: The FCC Cleans Up its Antenna Structure Regulations

Nearly a decade in the making, FCC tower rules brought into the 21st Century If you’ve got one or more tower structures, you may be in luck. The FCC has at long last taken a weed-whacker to Part 17 of its rules, a long-overgrown regulatory briar patch governing the construction, painting and lighting of antenna structures. Show More Summary

Coming Soon: Online Public File Obligations for Cable, Satellite . . . AND Radio?

Media Bureau solicits comments on very recent petition for rulemaking – and expands inquiry beyond the petition. Well, that didn’t take long... on a couple of levels. The Media Bureau has requested comments on a proposal to impose online public file requirements on cable and satellite operators. Show More Summary

What a Drag It Is . . .

Nearly 50 years I sat in my dorm room at Smith College (yes, Smith – it’s a long story), writing history papers while listening to Let It Be cranked up to 11 through my headphones. Those were the days. So it was more than a little sobering to read the first paragraph of a recent D.C. Show More Summary

Update: Deadlines Set for Responses to Recon Petitions in AWS-3 Service Rules Proceeding

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the filing of two petitions for reconsideration of the adoption of rules governing AWS-3 service on 65 MHz of repurposed spectrum. (We included links to the two petitions for those who might be inclined to read them.) A public notice reflecting those filings has now made it into the Federal Register. Show More Summary

Update: Some Cell Phone Unlocking Now Officially Legal

We recently reported that Congress had passed a bill designed to overrule a 2013 decision by the Librarian of Congress which severely limited the ability of cell phone owners to “unlock” (legally, at least) the software in their phones in order to move from one network to another. Show More Summary

Update: D.C. Circuit Downs Drone Appeal

Last May we reported on an appeal that had been filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with respect to the FAA’s efforts to regulate the use of drones. We noted that there were some likely problems with the appeal, not the least of which was the fact that the FAA order being appealed wasn’t really an order. Show More Summary

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

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