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Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

D.C. Circuit Rebuffs SoundExchange in CRB Appeal of SDARS/PSS Royalty Rates

But Sirius XM, which succeeded before the CRB, may not be happy that its victory was upheld. When it comes to setting copyright royalty rates, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) enjoys considerable leeway. Just ask the U.S. Court of Appeals...Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in Hearing Aid Compatibility Proceeding

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a request from the Wireless Telecommunications and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus for comments to refresh the record in a couple of proceedings relating to hearing aid compatibility regulations. Show More Summary

Wireless Bureau Provides Guidance on Data Roaming Rates

Benchmarks established, other policy aspects clarified in response to T-Mobile petition The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has given the wireless industry an early Christmas gift by granting T-Mobile’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling regarding data roaming rates. Show More Summary

Coming Soon to More Screens Near You: FCC Labels!

Thanks to Congress, electronic labeling may be an option for more FCC-authorized RF devices Most radiofrequency (RF) equipment certified by the FCC is required to carry a physical label listing the FCC ID and making various other FCC-mandated disclosures. Show More Summary

Sponsorship ID Police Strike Again

$115,000 consent decree for questionable “Special Reports” on Las Vegas TV station The fake news business appears to have been booming in 2009 – at least as far as we can tell from a couple of FCC enforcement actions. Last February we...Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in Contest Rule Proceeding

Last month we reported on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) aimed at dragging the on-air contest rule (i.e., Section 73.1216) into the 21st Century. The NPRM has now made it into the Federal Register, which means that we now know the deadlines for filing comments and reply comments in response to the FCC’s proposal. Show More Summary

Professional Football Team in Nation's Capital Loses Name, Logo, Colors

A tale of two cities – Washington and Bucharest – and two trademark battles It’s big news when a storied sports franchise loses its identity. And that’s what’s happened with a prominent professional football team in its nation’s capital, a team with which you’re all doubtless familiar: No, not the Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Now Available for Your Review and Comment: Form 2100, Schedule 381

Still a work in progress, but an excellent opportunity both to see what the FCC has in mind and also to suggest possible improvements to the form before it takes final shape. A couple of weeks ago we reported on a Federal Register notice...Show More Summary

FCC Reminder (Redux): Cell Phone Jammers Are STILL Illegal

Wi-Fi jammers, too! Having recently spanked Marriott for $600K for interrupting private Wi-Fi use at one of its hotel properties – concern about which presumably prompted Marriott to seek formal guidance about just how far they can go...Show More Summary

Ah, Wilderness! Forest Service Re-examining Standards for Media Access to Wilderness Areas

Agency looks to tighten up vague standards that have led to inconsistent access decisions. If you as a broadcaster, producer, or artist want to head into a congressionally-designated wilderness area to create some programming (both newsgathering...Show More Summary

Mitchell Lazarus to Retire - Mostly

Mitch came to the law the long way around and relatively late in life. Mitchell Lazarus, FHH veteran and CommLawBlog regular, has announced he will retire at the end of this year. But not completely. Mitch will stay on the FHH letterhead...Show More Summary

ECFS Now Available for Non-Docketed Filings

New “Submit a Non-Docketed Filing” module allows some filers to eschew paper. In a move presumably designed to make everybody’s lives easier, the Commission has expanded its Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) to accept a wide range of filings that previously could be filed only on paper. Show More Summary

JSA Update: Compliance Deadline Extension Confirmed

As we reported just before Thanksgiving, Congress passed the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR), which the President promptly signed just after Thanksgiving (also as we reported). STELAR is a law with lots of provisions affecting lots of different areas of the video universe, as Paul Feldman’s pre-Thanksgiving post revealed. Show More Summary

Update: Two Wireless Mic Proceedings, One Set of Comment Deadline Extensions

A couple of months ago we reported on two proceedings, initiated simultaneously, looking into possible solutions to the problems that the upcoming repack of the spectrum will cause to wireless microphone users and manufacturers as well as various other users of the TV spectrum. Show More Summary

FAA to Ease (a little) Its System for Reporting Tower Light Outages

But the FCC isn’t planning to give tower owners much slack as a result. If you’re responsible for a tower subject to lighting requirements imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration, your life may be getting a bit easier early next year. Show More Summary

Rural Call Completion Update: Further Tweaks to Take Effect in January

Last month we reported on the FCC’s disposition of a number of petitions for reconsideration in the rural call completion proceeding. In taking care of those petitions, the Commission tweaked its rules a bit, mainly in response to suggestions from USTelecom and ITTA. Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Extended in 24 GHz Proceeding

Back in October we reported on a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on the possible use of frequencies above 24 GHz for mobile services. According to a notice in the Federal Register, the deadlines for those comments have been extended. Comments are now due by January 15, 2015, and replies are due by February 17.

STELAR - It's the Law!

Five more years of DBS, coming up! We recently reported on the passage of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, affectionately referred to by the cognoscenti as “STELAR”. As expected, it didn’t take long for the President to sign off on it. According to the White House website, STELAR was signed into law on December 4.

The IP Transition: FCC Asks Practical Questions About Copper Retirement

NPRM seeks to address effects of discontinuance of copper-based services on consumers, competition. As many readers doubtless know (and as we have previously reported), the IP transition is underway: telecom carriers are shifting away...Show More Summary

Comment Sought on Possible Expansion of Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements

Out for comment: Shift to function-based, rather than technology-based, regulatory approach, and mandatory 100% HAC compliance The Wireless Telecommunications and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus are looking to refresh the record in a couple of old, but ongoing, rulemaking dockets dealing with hearing aid compatibility (HAC) regulations. Show More Summary

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