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Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

176 Questions: 24+ GHz NOI In a Nutshell

Our friend Michael Marcus has been busy. Lucky for us. We recently reported on a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking input on the possible use of millimeter wave frequencies (i.e., 24 GHz and north) for mobile communications. Our friend,...Show More Summary

Just in Time for Halloween: Zombie Aereo!

Preliminary injunction kills Aereo’s “live” retransmissions, but leaves it partly alive and still shuffling It’s still alive! Given up for dead by many, our old pal Aereo has managed to sidestep the Grim Reaper yet again. (Rule No. 2...Show More Summary

Effective Date of TV JSA Filing Requirement Set

Readers will recall that, last spring, the Commission decided that certain TV joint sales agreements (JSAs) may create attributable interests for the purposes of determining compliance with the multiple ownership rules. And, thanks to that change, JSAs that do create such interests have to be filed with the Commission. Show More Summary

Response Dates Set for Spectrum Auction Recons

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … While the NAB and Sinclair press their appeal of the Commission’s Incentive Spectrum Auction Report and Order (R&O), a number of other folks have expressed their discontent with various aspects of the R&O in petitions for reconsideration that the FCC will have to address and resolve. Show More Summary

FCC Imagines 10 Gb/s 5G Mobile Service Using 24+ GHz

The limitations that make frequencies over 24 GHz unsuitable for mobile use may not be limitations after all. Engineers are never satisfied. Even when “4G” mobile service was still a new idea, the engineers had begun thinking ahead to...Show More Summary

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

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