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Permanent Kibosh on "Temporary Facilities"?

Audio Division cracks down on permittees who construct non-compliant, less-than-permanent facilities. A broadcast construction permit comes with conventional expectations. The permittee is expected to build the facilities specified in...Show More Summary

2015 Regulatory Fees Proposed: Stability Reigns (At Least For Now)

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the FCC has released its proposed regulatory fees for 2015. Now we all have something to mull over during all those boring parades, fireworks shows, baseball games and cook-outs. Lucky us! As...Show More Summary

This Should Get Your Attention III: iHeart Whacked for $1 Million for Misuse of EAS Tones

A one-time only broadcast leads to a “multi-state cascade” of false alarms … and a big penalty We have previously reported on the FCC’s crackdown on the misuse of EAS tones, a crackdown that has thus far resulted in more than $2.5 million in penalties. Show More Summary

Positive Train Control: Putting Spectrum to Use for the Safety of Life

The FCC plays an important, if little known, role in railroad safety. In the aftermath of this week’s tragic Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the issue of Positive Train Control (PTC) – previously a subject familiar only to relatively few – has burst into the public consciousness. Show More Summary

Update: Net Neutrality Appeal Headed Back to D.C., For Sure

We recently reported that the destination of the appeal of the FCC’s “Open Internet” decision might be up in the air because parties had sought review in three different U.S. Courts of Appeals. That would normally mean that a random drawing would have to be held to determine which Circuit would get the nod. Show More Summary

Announcing FCC Boot Camp

Three-day program in San Francisco will feature FHH’s Harry Cole along with other eminent FCC practitioners providing insight into All Things FCC. Attention, all you Friends of CommLawBlog! If you’re looking for an excuse to travel to San Francisco in late June, look no further. Show More Summary

Update: FCC Officially Releases Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form, Reminds TV Licensees of Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline

Our regular readers know that the FCC has developed – and obtained OMB approval of – Form 2100, Schedule 381. That’s the form that will have to be completed and filed, at some point in the upcoming months, by (a) all full-power and Class...Show More Summary

Scamming Jammer Slammed ... Again

The FCC has reprised a 2011 Show Cause order, but with a difference Whoa, déjà vu! An Order to Show Cause and Notice of Opportunity for Hearing (Show Cause/HDO)issued last month may look eerily familiar to you. And it should, because it’s nearly a duplicate of an order issued more than four years ago. Show More Summary

Update: One More Aspect of New AWS-3 Rules Now in Effect

Almost a year ago we reported that the then-new AWS-3 service rules had become effective except for a handful of sections that couldn’t kick in at that point for various reasons. One of the sections that remained in limbo was Section...Show More Summary

Police Body Cameras: Kevin Goldberg Takes a Stand, On the Stand

The Swami testifies in D.C. One of the most hotly debated topics at the state and local levels around the country is that of police body cameras. Should they be used? If so, when should they be turned on and when should recording not...Show More Summary

Quo Vadis, Net Neutrality?

Appeals, reconsiderations, judicial lotteries – there’s never a dull moment when it comes to net neutrality. Just because the FCC finally released its behemoth Report and Order (R&O) in the net neutrality proceeding last month, don’t think that the fun and games are over. Show More Summary

In Search for Copyright Relief, Pandora Opens Box of Ownership Requirements

Alien ownership conditions imposed on Internet radio service when it tries to buy small-town radio station This is the story of how Pandora, in an effort to cut its copyright royalty costs, managed to saddle itself with a complex array of ownership reporting requirements designed by the FCC to keep Box Elder, South Dakota safe from aliens. Show More Summary

FHH Plays Host to Local Student Through Shadow Day Program

FHH had the pleasure of participating in Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Shadow Day Program, which provides students from the D.C. Charter School the opportunity to meet with local attorneys and get a sense of what being a lawyer is all about. Show More Summary

FCC Seeks 411 on LTE-U

Making good on the Chairman’s promise, the FCC is looking for input into Unlicensed LTE and LAA. As we recently reported, when the Commission created the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service which will use the 3.5 GHz band, ChairmanShow More Summary

Sunrise for .SUCKS

The new top level domain that many love to hate is now available to registered trademark holders – but pretty soon it’ll be open to everybody else. We told you to expect it, and now it’s happening: new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) are becoming available almost daily. Show More Summary

Public Inspection File Rule: The FCC Asks (Again) If It's Really Necessary

Thanks to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the public file rule is out for comment … again The Paperwork Reduction Act strikes again! As we all know, the PRA requires the FCC to get clearance from the Office of Management and Budget for “information collections” the FCC wants to impose on its regulatees. Show More Summary

Update: Effective Date Set for TIS Tweaked Tweaks

Back in March we reported on a number of changes that the FCC had adopted with respect to its rules governing Travelers’ Information Stations. Those changes have now found their way into the Federal Register, so we all now know that the revised rules will take effect on June 4, 2015.

Slants Route May Help Redskins

Unusual developments in Federal Circuit trademark case bode well for Dan Snyder and company. For years the NFL franchise associated with Washington, D.C. has been a laughingstock on a number of fronts. Image-wise, both on the field and off, it’s hard to beat them for comedic source material. Show More Summary

The FCC Raises the Curtain on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service

Shared use of 3.5 GHz band promises greater efficiency, but much work still needs to be done before operations can begin. In a move described by the Commissioners as a “significant step forward” (Chairman Wheeler), history-making (Commissioner...Show More Summary

Hey, Full-Power and Class A TV Licensees: It's Almost May 29. Are You Sure Your Facilities Will Be Protected in the Repack?

Failure to complete construction or to find, and correct, discrepancies in FCC databases could result in less protection than expected. Here’s a heads up reminder to all full-power and Class A TV licensees who expect to be eligible both...Show More Summary

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