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Filed Under:Utilities / Communication
Posts on Regator:957
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Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Update: Anticipated Spectrum Auction Date Pushed Back

If you picked “mid-2015” in your office pool for the date the FCC’s incentive spectrum auction would be held, we’ve got some bad news for you. While that was probably a pretty good bet up to now (since Commission officials have tenaciously stuck with the “mid-2015” date for some time), it’s not looking so good anymore. Show More Summary

Stevie Wonder - Live at the Portals!

High on the superstar's wish list: Increased video description services. Yes, you heard it right! Stevie Wonder, the legendary songwriter and recording artist, made the rounds, live and in person, at the FCC recently. He met with the...Show More Summary

FCC KO's Sports Blackout Rules

The clock is running down for the FCC’s sports blackout rules. The two-minute warning (actually, the 31-day warning) has been whistled. As pretty much everybody expected, the Commission abolished its blackout rules late last month. That...Show More Summary

Snow Job: Comments Sought on Use of LMS Spectrum for Avalanche Rescues

RECCO asks FCC for waiver of Location and Monitoring Service rules. The Location and Monitoring Service (LMS), a somewhat obscure service nestled in Subpart M to Part 90 of the FCC’s rules, is back in the news. This could be of considerable...Show More Summary

Update: More New 911 Rules Take Effect

Slowly but surely, the new set of rigorous requirements for 911 system service providers adopted last December in the wake of the 2012 “derecho” storm are coming on line. Most of those requirements took effect in February, but four particular rules did not. Show More Summary

Serial Petitioner Update: 15 is Not the Charm

More from our "Mother May I" file We have reported regularly on the plight of an applicant who has been denied 14 times in his efforts to get the FCC to grant the same two sets of applications. Given our previous attention to this, we...Show More Summary

Update: Deadline Extended for "TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Form" Comments

In late September we reported on the FCC’s request for comments about its proposed “TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Form”. That’s the form that the Commission plans to use when, after the incentive spectrum auctions, TV licensees put pen to paper and figure out what it’s going to cost to move to their repacked facilities. Show More Summary

FCC Further Tweaks Signal Booster Rules

Some rules relaxed while measures added to prevent interference to wireless networks Back in early 2013, the FCC took steps to help consumers deal with the dreaded cell phone phenomenon of dead spots by allowing the use of private signal boosters. Show More Summary

On Censoring Political Ads

With SuperPAC money flowing and political ads running on Internet streams, caution in dealing with political spots is in order. There may be just a few weeks remaining in this election season, but broadcasters should be paying attention...Show More Summary

Upcoming Webinar: "Cable TV Must-Carry & Retransmission Consent: Negotiating Agreements & Enforcing Rights"

Even though October 1 – and the triennial election between must-carry and retransmission consent that had to be made by then – may be fading in our rear views, TV licensees and cable operators still have much to think about. Tying down the details of the retrans deal is an important project for anyone who chose that route. Show More Summary

The Future of LPTV/TV Translator Service Taking Shape?

FCC finally begins to address what post-repack life might look like for LPTVs and TV translators – but it presents more questions than answers. Of all television operators, LPTV and TV translator licensees have faced the greatest uncertainties as the anticipated repacking of the TV band has begun to loom. Show More Summary

FCC Rethinks Wireless Microphones

The steady shrinkage of the TV bands is forcing the FCC to look elsewhere for wireless microphone spectrum. Having inadvertently threatened a key industry with extinction, the FCC is now trying to reactivate it. We see wireless microphones used on TV stages, live concerts, and in Broadway and Las Vegas shows. Show More Summary

Update: Text-to-911 Rules Now in Effect

Sure, text-to-911 capabilities by December 31, 2014 is now the law, with mandated implementation by June 30, 2015 at the earliest. But your best bet, in an emergency, is still to make a voice call to 911, if possible. R U rdy 4 txt 2...Show More Summary

Laura Stefani Joins FHH

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth is pleased to announce that Laura Stefani has joined us as Of Counsel. She’ll be focusing on emerging technologies, wireless, broadband, and RF equipment issues. Laura is no stranger there: She has more than a decade of experience (most recently with another Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Medical Body Area Networks Expand to Untether More Patients

FCC tweaks two-year-old MBAN rules. Two years ago the Commission authorized Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices to operate in the 2360-2400 MHz region, immediately below the heavily-used unlicensed band that houses Bluetooth, and most Wi-Fi, along with many other applications. Show More Summary

Marriott Whacked for $600,000 for War on Rogue Wi-Fi Hotspots

Enforcement Bureau stretches meaning of “cause interference to” in order to reach the right result. The Enforcement Bureau has struck a blow for those who prefer to use smartphones to set up their own personal mobile hotspots when they’re on the go – thereby avoiding the pricey wireless Internet access offered by various places, like hotels. Show More Summary

LStelcom Joins the Ranks of Approved Whitespace Database Administrators

And then there were five (or six). It never rains but what it pours. We went nearly 10 months without any new whitespace database administrators being approved, and now we’ve had the second approval in under a month. The Commission has...Show More Summary

Regulating the Internet "Like a Utility" Won't Yield an Open Internet - Unless ...

Simply imposing Title II won’t work. [Blogmeister’s Reminder: The views here are those of the author, not necessarily shared by FHH colleagues and clients. Responses are welcome.] Many of the three million (or so) comments in the net...Show More Summary

Broadcasters: Meet the New E-Filing System

Same as the old e-filing system? Maybe not. All broadcast forms will be reduced to a single form – plus schedules, of course. The Media Bureau has announced the partial debut of the “Licensing and Management System” (LMS), an onlineShow More Summary

Petitioner Wants FCC to Ref "Redskins" Debate

Petition against a broadcast license renewal cites offensive nature of “Redskins” name as basis for denial. Should the FCC really be involved with this? For years there’s been a steady drumbeat for the owners of the Washington, D.C. National Football League team to change the team’s name to something other than “the Redskins”. Show More Summary

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