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Filed Under:Utilities / Communication
Posts on Regator:951
Posts / Week:5.4
Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

The Form of Things to Come: Media Bureau Previews Relocation Fund Reimbursement Process

Comments sought on new Reimbursement Form and related instructions to be used by TV/MVPD’s for post-Incentive Auction claims The Media Bureau has given the television industry a sobering glimpse of what life will be like immediately after the close of the Incentive Auction. Show More Summary

New Hope for Old Performance Right Holders

Turtle vets Flo and Eddie walk all over SiriusXM, relying on state law in copyright infringement case. A boost for possible Federal performance right royalties? The concept of performance rights royalties has been given a limited, but potentially significant, shot in the arm by a Federal judge in California. Show More Summary

Audio Division to AM Licensee: Tell City is No Mattoon

Division dismisses AMer’s request for waiver that would have allowed move-in of distant FM translator. A Hail Mary tossed up by an AM licensee looking for quick access to an FM translator has fallen short of its mark with the Audio Division’s rejection of the licensee’s request to extend the Division’s “Mattoon waiver” policy. Show More Summary

Update: Last Piece of U-NII Revisions Now In Effect

Back in April we reported on the adoption of new rules intended to beef up Wi-Fi operations across the country. All but one of those rules took effect in early June. The lone exception? Section 15.407(j), which had to be vetted by the...Show More Summary

Update: Effective Date of (Most) Revised Tower Rules Set

Last month we reported on the FCC’s overhaul of its antenna structure regulations. The Commission’s Report and Order has now made it into the Federal Register. That, of course, establishes the effective date of most of the revised rules – and that date is October 24, 2014. Show More Summary

The Tower Family Foundation: A Helping Hand to the Tower Worker Community

We down here in the CommLawBlog bunker want to shine a spotlight – make that a high intensity white strobe – on the Tower Family Foundation. Just now getting off the ground (full official name: the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable...Show More Summary

Intern-al Affairs II: Inviting More Former Interns to the Litigation Party

Two former interns take important step toward “class action” status. Class. Some litigants have it. Some don’t. A couple of folks who worked as interns at Gawker Media have managed to convince a Federal District Court Judge in New York that they might have it. Show More Summary

New Fast Lane in Open Internet Proceeding

FCC provides “bulk upload” option for adding even more comments to the million-plus already on file – now who’s going to read them all? When last we took a sounding of the rising floodwaters of net neutrality comments, they were 1.1 million deep and more were pouring in. Show More Summary

Now Available: Kevin and Harry's Excellent "Whither Aereo" Webinar

If you missed the webinar Kevin Goldberg and Harry Cole presented on the latest twists and turns in the Aereo case (and the prospects for more twists and turns to come), worry not: it, like pretty much everything else, is on the Internet. Show More Summary

Google Makes It to Finish Line In White Space Coordinator Race, Again

Google joins Key Bridge Global LLC, Spectrum Bridge, Telcordia and, um, Google, in the ranks of “approved” database coordinators. Add one more (sort of) database coordinator to the “approved” list of white space database coordinators. Show More Summary

Now Available: Dan and Paul's Excellent Must-Carry Webinar

If you missed the webinar Dan Kirkpatrick and Paul Feldman presented on the basics of the must-carry/retransmission consent process, never fear: you can catch it in re-runs. We’ve posted a recording of the show here – all audio and video included. It’s free. Look for a follow-up webinar exploring further details of the must-carry election process in coming months.

Issue-Oriented Spots: Who's The REAL Sponsor?

Bureau tosses two complaints alleging inadequate sponsorship IDs – but that may not be good news in the long run. Several months ago we reported on complaints filed against a dozen or so TV stations with respect to the stations’ alleged...Show More Summary

FCC Spanks T-Mobile for $819,000

Hearing aid compatibility shortfall draws big fine. More than two years ago we reported that the FCC had proposed to fine T-Mobile a whopping $819,000 for violations of hearing aid compatibility (HAC) requirements. (Under those requirements...Show More Summary

2014 Reg Fees Set, Payment Deadline Announced

Fire up your computer, free up some space on your credit cards and get your FRN information ready – you’ve got until SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 to get your reg fees paid … and they must be paid electronically. Apparently intent on re-defining...Show More Summary

Upcoming Webinar: Whither Aereo? (or should that be "Wither Aereo?")

As we all know, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the Aereo case two months ago – but that wasn’t the end of the matter by any means. The Court’s decision left a number of questions unanswered. And, as has been the case sinceShow More Summary

NLRB Panel Likes "Likes"

To the likely dislike of companies who aren’t careful about their social media policies, NLRB holds Facebook “liking” can be “concerted protected activity”. I’ve written a few pieces about the National Labor Relations (NLRB) and social media. Show More Summary

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