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Archived Since:May 27, 2011

Blog Post Archive

David Janet Joins FHH

Wilkommen, Bienvenu, Welcome! Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth is pleased to announce that David M. Janet has joined us as a member. David has more than two decades of practice experience in a variety of technology- and communications-related areas. Show More Summary

AWS-3 Auction Closes After Two Months of Bidding

FCC rakes in record receipts. The FCC finally brought down the closing gavel for the AWS-3 auction (that would be Auction 97 for those of you who keep track of such things) on January 29. The auction began on November 13, took breaks...Show More Summary

Looking for Protection in the Repack? Get Those Facilities Licensed by May 29, 2015

Media Bureau announces “Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline” by which full power and Class A TV facilities must be licensed to be eligible for protection when the repack happens. If you’re a full power or Class A TV licensee and you’d like your facilities to be eligible for protection in the channel repacking process, heads up. Show More Summary

Update: More New AWS-3 Rules Now In Effect

Last year we reported on the adoption of new service rules governing AWS-3 spectrum use. And as we also reported a couple of months later, those rules took effect in July, 2014, except for a handful of provisions that had to be run through the Paperwork Reduction Act drill at the Office of Management and Budget. Show More Summary

Annual Webcaster Wake-Up Call! SoundExchange Reports and Payments Due Soon

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose - If you’re a webcaster, you’ve got until February 2 to wrap up your annual SoundExchange homework. Sigh. Every year brings us another year closer to death. It sure feels that way as we do our Webcaster Wake-Up Call for 2015 – the last year for the rates and terms set in the Webcasting III decision. Show More Summary

FHH Lawyer Gets Ink, Yet Again!

Demonstrating that “mostly retired” clearly doesn’t mean “completely inactive”, our colleague Mitchell Lazarus has published yet another article in IEEE Spectrum magazine. (Regular readers will recall that articles by Mitchell have graced...Show More Summary

Five in a Row! FHH Again Tops in Repping Media Deals

According to SNL Kagan, recognized as one of the preeminent sources of financial analysis in the media business, in 2014 Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth served as legal adviser in more media/entertainment/new media transactions than any other law firm – by a long shot … again. Show More Summary

The Bigger They Come ...: Size Still Matters to M&A Regulators

But increase in antitrust review thresholds is the smallest inflation adjustment in years. Another annual ritual is upon us: the Federal Trade Commission has announced the dollar value thresholds that will trigger automatic federal review of mergers and acquisitions for the next year or so. Show More Summary

ANSI C63.17-2013 Now Officially in the FCC Rulebook

Five months ago we reported that, in a bit of regulatory tidying up, the Office of Engineering and Technology had updated the FCC’s rules. The Commission had, in 2012, incorporated by reference into its rules a standard – ANSI C63.17-2006, to be precise – adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Show More Summary

Dear NFL: Would You Mind if We Registered "Scandal Bowl"?

The biggest scandal this time of the year tends to be the NFL’s heavy-handed efforts to protect trademarks, even those it doesn’t own. It’s no secret that we here in the CommLawBlog bunker don’t fully approve of the NFL’s aggressive efforts to protect trademarks that the NFL doesn’t happen to own. Show More Summary

Proposed MVPD Redefinition Out for Comment

FCC looks to open ranks of MVPDs to Internet-delivered services – a move that could save what’s left of Aereo It looks like the universe of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) is going to be expanding considerably. Previously...Show More Summary

Update: Start-Date for Certain Mandatory ECFS Filings Set

Last month we reported on the FCC’s expansion of the use of its ECFS (short for “Electronic Comment Filing System”) online filing system to permit – and, in five cases, require – certain non-docketed materials to be filed through ECFS. Show More Summary

FHH Internet Counsel Kathy Kleiman Featured in Preview of 2015 ICANN Issues

Our readers are (or should be) familiar with FHH’s Internet Counsel, Kathy Kleiman, who has provided considerable insight into the sometimes arcane world of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) over the last couple of years. Show More Summary

Top Ten Nonbroadcast Video Networks? The Winners Are ...

Video description rules bring FCC into the ratings game... every three years When you’re trying to track down the national rankings of video programming networks, you may not think to check with the FCC – but, thanks to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), that’s the first place you should look. Show More Summary

FCC Updates Equipment Certification Rules

TCBs will be taking care of business as OET exits equipment certification role and FCC modernizes equipment authorization processes. The FCC lab is finally getting out of the equipment certification business. After nearly two years of deliberation, the FCC has adopted new rules modifying its equipment certification procedures. Show More Summary

Comment Deadlines Set in IP Transition Proceeding

Early last month we reported that the FCC is seeking input on various ways in which the transition from the legacy copper network to Internet protocol (IP) technology will affect consumers and competitive providers. If you’re planning...Show More Summary

Put It In Writing, Part II: Call for Comments on Closing Closed Captioning Loophole

FCC seeks input on possible regulation of “video programmers”. As we reported recently, the FCC has ratcheted up its video captioning requirements for “Video Programming Distributors” (VPDs), a universe defined as “all entities who provide...Show More Summary

Live in Vegas! - FHH Net Neutrality Guru Paul Feldman Appearing at CES

If you’re planning to hit the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, don’t miss FHH’s own Paul Feldman. He’ll be moderating a panel – “Net Neutrality: Where Are We Now?” – on Monday, January 5. Time: 11:30 a.m. Show More Summary

Push to Expand Online Public File Obligations Moves Ahead at Warp Speed

NPRM would include broadcast radio, cable, satellite providers in FCC-maintained online system. Back in July – that would be less than six months ago – three public interest groups asked the Commission to revise its rules to requireShow More Summary

Put It In Writing: New Video Captioning Standards Coming Soon

Effective date set for new video captioning requirements In its continuing effort to assure that television programming is more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, last February the Commission ratcheted up the captioning requirements for Video Programming Distributors (VPDs) and video programmers. Show More Summary

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