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Digital Transition Deadline for LPTV/TV Translators Officially Suspended

Class A deadlines remain in effect. Last October, we wrote about FCC proposals looking toward the future of Low Power Television (LPTV) stations after the upcoming incentive spectrum auction and associated repacking the TV spectrum into a smaller number of channels. Show More Summary

NAB to FCC: Erase, Replace White Space Database

Citing raft of errors, NAB urges suspension, overhaul of database requirements The television white space (TVWS) database system, intended to increase the efficient use of TV spectrum, is a mess, according to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Show More Summary

Brrrrr - FM Minor Mod Freeze Announced

With the deadlines for FM Auction 98 now on the books, the Commission has also announced that it will not accept ANY commercial or noncommercial minor mod applications between May 18 and May 28, 2015. That’s the filing window for short...Show More Summary

Auction 98 - The Dates Are Set

You weren’t planning on taking summer vacation this year, were you? Good, because the dates for Auction 98 have now been set, and it looks like they’ll suck up most of the summer. So get out your calendar and mark these dates: May 18,...Show More Summary

Copyright Tug of War: How May "Fair Play Fair Pay" Fare?

Music industry and NAB gear up – again – for war over performance rights. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the debate about “performance rights” has again returned to Washington – this time signaled by the introduction of H.R. Show More Summary

When Size Matters: Smaller Can Be Better in Antenna Design

Regulatory inaction preventing U.S. from taking advantage of latest E-band antenna technology It’s common knowledge that the FCC is determined to expand mobile connectivity. The Commission’s high profile efforts to make increasing amounts...Show More Summary

Field Office Phase Out?

FCC Chairman on offensive for proposed Field Office closures – but will "tiger teams" really do the trick? Word on the street (first reported last month by our friends at Radio World, as far as we can tell) is that the FCC’s Field Offices...Show More Summary

Intern-al Affairs III: The Interns Are Learning - and That May be Bad for You

Class drop-out tries to upset NBCUniversal settlement. Spring break is fading in the rear view. Summer’s just around the corner. Soon the interns will be flocking to your door – if they haven’t already jammed your inbox – all looking...Show More Summary

OSHA Eyeing Possible Tower Worker Safety Standards

Injuries, fatalities to tower workers prompt inquiry into possible regulation. Everyone in the communications industry must be concerned about the safety and well-being of the tower workers. Tower workers, quite literally, put their lives on the line to put up or keep up the towers that make communications possible. Show More Summary

Wheeler to AMers: I've Got Your Revitalization Item ... Right Here

Action on AM rescue items may come soon, but things aren’t looking good for an AM-only FM translator window. About 18 months ago, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AM Revitalization NPRM) that represented, in the...Show More Summary

Attention, TV Licensees: The Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form Has Been Approved

One more step toward the incentive auction... Late last year we reported on a draft of Form 2100, Schedule 381. That’s the form (technical title: “Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form”) to be completed and filed by (a) all full-power...Show More Summary

The Net Neutrality Order Has Hit the Federal Register!

Get your calendars out. It’s time to calculate the date by which petitions for judicial review of the FCC’s Open Internet Report and Order (R&O) must be filed. That’s because the event that triggers that calculation – publication ofShow More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in STELAR Market Mod Proceeding

Last week we reported on the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) triggered by the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR). The NPRM has now been published in the Federal Register, which sets the deadlines for comments and replies. Show More Summary

No Contest? Enforceability of Broadcast Contest Rule In Question

If you’re a broadcaster and you’re worried that you may have violated the on-air contest rule – or if the FCC has concluded that you did violate that rule – you may be in luck. As we all know, the hilariously-named Paperwork Reduction...Show More Summary

Mitchell Lazarus Says Thanks

[Blogmeister’s Note: Our colleague, collaborator, frequent CommLawBlog contributor and, most importantly, friend, Mitchell Lazarus, has asked us to post the following item. It doesn’t address any of the subjects we usually cover here,...Show More Summary

STELAR Redux: FCC Launches Market Mod Rulemaking

Some old, some new standards likely for MVPD, satellite market modification proceedings, thanks to Congress When you think of satellite TV, with its nation-wide reach, you may not immediately think of “local” service. But local service...Show More Summary

Back from the (Near) Dead: New Life for FiberTower's Licenses, Thanks to the D.C. Circuit

Last gasp appeal comes up big, possibly saving 689 24 GHz and 39 GHz licenses. If you took the long odds and bet against the FCC in FiberTower’s last gasp effort to keep its 689 licenses alive, lucky you! The D.C. Circuit appears to have given FiberTower at least a chance. FiberTower’s saga goes back several years. Show More Summary

Net Neutrality Update: D.C. Circuit Selected in Initial Circuit Lottery ... For Now

Panel picks despite possibly premature petitions. The next time you find yourself at a roulette table in the Net Neutrality Casino, put all your chips on “D.C. Circuit”. It’s a good bet. As readers may recall, back in 2011, the D.C.Show More Summary

A First Look Inside the Net Neutrality Order

Our Internet guru digs deep into the Open Internet decision and comes up with … questions. I recently posted an item summarizing the broad strokes of the FCC’s new “Open Internet” (a/k/a net neutrality) rules and policies. Since theShow More Summary

Update: Wireless Microphone Coordination Provision of Incentive Auction Order Now In Effect

As we all know, last June the Commission adopted its massive Report and Order setting out the rules for implementation of the spectrum incentive auction. The auction, of course, is one element of a major reorganization of the spectrum in which (among other things) television stations will be “repacked” into a narrower portion of the spectrum. Show More Summary

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