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Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Five More Years! With STELAR, Congress Re-Ups STELA

Cable TV and broadcast provisions tweaked as Congress re-authorizes satellite carriage of local TV stations. Christmas is coming early this year … if, that is, you’re a direct broadcast satellite (DBS), cable or other MVPD operator, or a low power TV licensee. Show More Summary

Finally Bringing Broadcast Contest Rules into the 21st Century?

Three years in the making, a notice of proposed rulemaking would give the thumbs up to online contest rules. Big News! The Commission has taken the unusual step of proposing a rule revision requested by broadcasters and of potentialShow More Summary

Flo and Eddie Take Their Siriusly Winning Ways to the East Coast

Sirius XM loses on public performance claims for pre-1972 sound recordings … again. I’ve already written about two lawsuits – both in California – based on infringement claims arising from Sirius XM’s public performance of sound recordings created before February 15, 1972. Show More Summary

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in Two Wireless Mic Proceedings

Last month we reported on a couple of Notices of Proposed Rulemaking looking for possible solutions to the problems that the upcoming repack of the spectrum will cause to wireless microphone users and manufacturers in particular as well...Show More Summary

Reminder: ALL DTV Broadcasters Must File Form 317 by December 1

If you’re broadcasting video in digital, we’re talking to you. Attention, all DTV broadcasters! It’s that time of year again. Your Form 317 is due at the FCC by December 1. Since that’s the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend, youShow More Summary

Marriott Wants FCC Guidance on How Far Venues Can Go to Control Their Wi-Fi Networks

Petition for rulemaking follows $600,000 consent decree. Hotels, convention centers, universities, hospitals among those potentially affected. Last month we reported that the FCC had whacked Marriott Corporation for a cool $600,000 for messing with guests’ Wi-Fi hotspots. Show More Summary

Upcoming FREE Webinar: Kathy Kleiman, Kevin Goldberg and Jon Markman on the Arrival of the New gTLDs

On the agenda: How to take advantage of the new Top Level Domains now coming available, and how to identify and avoid potential problems As we have advised our readers repeatedly, new generic Top Level Domains are here, NOW, and more are coming online every day. Show More Summary

It's Almost December, 2014 - Do YOU Comply with the CALM Act?

The FCC’s rules contemplated waivers extending, at most, for two years. Those two years are just about up. With December just around the corner, full power TV licensees and MVPDs should probably be checking their compliance with ourShow More Summary

CPB IG: Re-think Inclusion of In-Kind Trades for CSG/NFFS Purposes?

Low-profile Inspector General Report includes recommendation with potentially serious budgetary repercussions. Noncommercial (NCE) stations that receive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) should pay attention to a recommendation made recently by CPB’s Inspector General (IG). Show More Summary

Rural Call Completion Update: FCC Grants One, Tosses Four Petitions for Reconsideration

As we reported just about a year ago, the FCC adopted a number of rules to address the problem of rural call completion or, more accurately, rural call non-completion. Many calls placed to numbers served by small rural telephone companies don’t seem to make it to their destination. Show More Summary

Update: Last of the New Text-to-911 Rules Now Effective

Last month we reported that most of the rules adopted back in August to make text-to-911 service generally available took effect in October. As often happens, though, a small number of the new rules couldn’t kick in until the Office of Management and Budget gave them the go-ahead. Show More Summary

More on Getting Sued For Playing the Oldies

Sirius XM loses another ruling in California litigation about digital performance of pre-1972 recordings. As I reported in September, Sirius XM (and, by extension, just about any other provider of streamed digital music) suffered a setback...Show More Summary

Paperwork Reduction(?) Act

A recent notice about DTV construction permit applications got us thinking about our old friend, the PRA. Has the FCC changed the process for applying for DTV construction permits? Probably not, but a recent notice in the Federal Register seemed to suggest otherwise. Show More Summary

FCBA Charity Auction: Be There or Be Square!

The 25th Annual FCBA Charity Auction (a joint production of the FCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and the FCBA Foundation) is happening on Thursday, November 7, 2014, from 6:30-10:00 p.m. in the Sphinx Ballroom at the Almas Temple, 1615...Show More Summary

FCC Looking to Put Paging Spectrum to Better Use

Wireless Bureau invites comments on possible ways to encourage “more intensive” use of Part 22 spectrum. Late on a Friday afternoon in mid-October, the Wireless Bureau issued a curious public notice reminding licensees in the Paging and Radiotelephone Services of various rules in Part 22 that they’re supposed to be complying with. Show More Summary

Bob Winteringham Joins FHH

Wilkommen, Bienvenu, Welcome! Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth is pleased to announce that Bob Winteringham has joined us as Of Counsel. A former Deputy General Counsel at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Bob will focus on assisting clients in the public broadcasting industry. Show More Summary

Spectrum Auction Recon Update: Corrected Reply Deadline Announced

Last week we reported on the establishment of opposition and reply deadlines with respect to a couple dozen or so petitions seeking reconsideration of the Commission’s spectrum auction Report and Order. According to a follow-up notice...Show More Summary

Update: Last of the New 911 Rules Now in Effect

Almost a year ago we reported on the adoption of a number of rules designed to improve performance of the 911 system in the aftermath of the 2012 “derecho” storm. Most of the new rules had taken effect by February of this year, but a couple lingered on in limbo, awaiting OMB approval. Show More Summary

Court Preliminarily Approves TVMLC-SESAC Settlement

Lawsuit begun in 2009 could be wrapped up next March. Check your mailbox for more details. If you’re a full-power TV licensee, in the near future you can expect to be receiving (or you may already have received) a note from the Television...Show More Summary

Death Watch: The Beginning of the End for Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service?

Wireless Bureau sets final deadline for M-LMS build-outs. Way back before GPS was so widely available, the Commission created the Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service (M-LMS). Its purpose: keeping track of vehicles. Think operators pinpointing the locations of vehicles around a city (or around the country). Show More Summary

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