FCC Application Fees Going Up

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released an Order announcing its adjustments to its application fees for commercial broadcasters and other FCC licensees. cost of living increase in the processing fees that are paid when broadcasters file an application with the FCC. So, if you are planning an FCC application that will be filed a few months from now, pay attention to the effective date of the new fee schedule to avoid having your application bounced for paying an incorrect fee.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Statement on the Sinclair/Tribune HDO

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's statement on the Sinclair/Tribune Hearing Designation Order (HDO

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Overpower FM Translator Prompts $12,000 FCC Fine

Broadcast Law Blog

In an Order released earlier this week , the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau imposed a $12,000 fine on the licensee of an FM translator in California because FCC inspections revealed that the translator was operating above its licensed power. The FCC found that the station was operating with a Transmitter Power Output of 7.5 The power output cannot exceed 105% of what is authorized on the license (See Section 74.1235(e) of the FCC Rules).

FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due September 25 – Media Bureau Fee Filing Guide Available

Broadcast Law Blog

On Thursday, we wrote about the FCC’s release of its order setting the amounts for the Annual Regulatory Fees paid by all of those regulated by the FCC. On Friday, the FCC released a Fact Sheet detailing the fees for broadcast and other licensees regulated by the Media Bureau and how those fees should be paid. The Fact Sheet links to this sheet for more information about how to access the FCC’s calculation of the specific amount owed for each of a licensee’s stations.

Consent Decrees Remind Broadcasters to Seek FCC Approval for Corporate Changes – Even When Control Does Not Change

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC released a Consent Decree where a broadcast company admitted to certain unauthorized transfers of several stations , even though actual control of the stations, for the most part, did not change. Stock of the company was transferred into a trust by the company’s shareholder without FCC approval, even though the shareholder continued to control the station until his death approximately a decade later.

FCC Pulls Controversial Set-Top Box Proposal From Meeting Agenda

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says rules reshaping access to TV programming will remain under consideration, but that the FCC needs to resolve technical and legal issues.

FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The next stop will be a courtroom as the media regulatory agency retreats from prohibiting ISPs from blocking and throttling content. read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

FCC Reminds C-Band Satellite Dish Users – Including Broadcasters – To Register By October 17

Broadcast Law Blog

On Friday, the FCC issued a reminder to all operators “of fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 The FCC is exploring allowing additional users into this spectrum, and has warned that only registered users of the spectrum will be entitled to any protections against any new users who may be authorized. So broadcasters using this spectrum to receive satellite-delivered programming should heed the FCC’s advice and register by October 17.

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FCC Decision Illustrates Details of the Application of FCC Foreign Ownership Approval Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released yesterday , the FCC issued a “remedial declaratory ruling” finding the change in control of stock in a company that owned broadcast stations did not offend the public interest, and that the approval of foreign ownership in the company that controlled broadcast stations above 25% (but capped at 49%) that was issued last year could stay in effect. That is presumably so that the FCC can assess whether any ownership concerns are raised by any individual control party.

What Does an FCC Designation for Hearing Mean?

Broadcast Law Blog

In light of yesterday’s announcement that the FCC Chairman has proposed that portions of the acquisition by Sinclair Broadcast Group of the television stations owned by Tribune Media would be designated for hearing , one question that many have asked is, “What does designation for hearing mean?” The FCC had a large staff of Administrative Law Judges who heard these cases, and they were usually quite busy.

Michigan Radio Station Gives Up FCC License

Media Law Prof Blog

Lake Isabella/Mount Pleasant, Michigan, radio station WRAX-FM has surrendered its license to operate to the FCC, before the agency held a scheduled hearing on whether the station's license should be renewed. The FCC scheduled that hearing on August 3.

Moving FCC EEO Enforcement from the Media to the Enforcement Bureau – What Does It Mean?

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday adopted an order moving broadcast EEO enforcement from the FCC’s Media Bureau to its Enforcement Bureau. The FCC makes clear in its order that the reason for the move is that the Enforcement Bureau is for better enforcement of the EEO rules. But, for now, watch for the notices on the effective date of this change, and be sure to make sure that your EEO program complies with the FCC’s requirements as there is now a new cop on the beat.

FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Challenged in Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Among the petitions filed Tuesday is one from 21 state attorney generals. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

FCC Regulatory Fees for Broadcasters Proposed to Increase Significantly to Cover Cost of FCC Headquarters Move

Broadcast Law Blog

FCC regulatory fees come around each year, and it seems like they always go up. This year is no different, as the FCC has asked for comments on its proposed fees to be paid later this year (probably in September), and the proposed fees go up significantly for broadcasters. The fees are meant to recoup the costs of the FCC’s regulation of the industries that it oversees. The FCC promised to revisit TV fees next year to determine the impact of the incentive auction.

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FCC Issues Draft Proposal To Revoke Rule Requiring Physical Copy of FCC Rules at All Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

We yesterday wrote about Chairman Pai’s promise to start the process of modernizing media regulation by abolishing a simple but outdated rule – one requiring that each broadcast station have a physical copy of the FCC rules on the station premises. Yesterday, the FCC released a draft of their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement that change in the rules. AM Radio FCC Fines FM Radio General FCC Television FCC rulesbook at station Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Update: Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposal to Abolish Requirement for Paper Copies of FCC Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The comment dates have now been set on the FCC’s proposal to abolish the requirement that licensees of certain classes of broadcast stations (including translators and auxiliary stations) maintain a paper copy of the FCC rules. FM Translators and LPFM General FCC FCC rule book Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

The FCC and Online TV Services

Media Law Prof Blog

The National Journal on growing resistance to the FCC's plan to regulate online TV services

FCC to Shake Up Media Ownership Rules

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The media agency is widely expected to eliminate many local market regulations at a meeting next month. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

FCC general counsel responds to Comcast decision

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The FCC's top lawyer has taken to the agency's blog to respond to yesterday's big appeals court ruling shooting down the FCC's authority to regulate "net neutrality" on the Web. Tags: FCC Austin Schlick says he's "assessing the implications" of the decision.

FCC Votes "Blackout Rule" Out

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: The FCC has voted unanimously to end the "blackout" rule that has allowed the NFL to prohibit broadcasts of pro football games locally if seats remain unsold on the day of the game.

FCC To Investigate Stephen Colbert's Trump/Putin Comments

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC will investigate Stephen Colbert's joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, delivered May 1st on his late-night talk show. The FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, said the standard the FCC will apply is "obscenity

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FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 26

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC late yesterday released an Order setting the amount of FY2017 Annual Regulatory fees, along with a public notice setting September 26 as the deadline for those fees. But the amounts of the fees for various classes of broadcasters were set by the FCC’s Order also released yesterday. However, the FCC was not able to come up with a definitive source for such information, leaving that issue to be examined in the future.

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The FCC Votes Net Neutrality In Effect

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has adopted new rules under Title II of the Communications Act to regulate the Internet. Briefly, in the words of the FCC''s Open Internet Order: no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization.

FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality Thursday Despite Protests (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

FCC Business The passage will begin a long process of comments and rewrites before there is a final vote, followed by the inevitable court challenges. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

FCC Chair Pai on the False Alert Issued In Hawaii

Media Law Prof Blog

It says in part: “The FCC’s investigation into this incident is well underway. Federal Communications Chair Ajit Pai has issued a statement concerning the false alert announcing a missile attack on Hawaii. We have been in close contact with federal

Update – FCC Concludes that the Colbert Broadcast Did Not Violate FCC Indecency Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

When press reports first started to emerge that the FCC was investigating for possible indecency violations a Stephen Colbert bit from his Late Show television program suggesting that the President had engaged in certain sex acts with the Russian President, we wrote that the controversy was much ado about nothing (see our article here ). According to press reports , the FCC has concluded the same thing and terminated their review of this case.

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Update: FCC Adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Eliminate the Requirement that Licensees Maintain Paper Copy of the Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

At its meeting yesterday, as promised, the FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking to eliminate the rule that certain classes of FCC licensees maintain a paper copy of the FCC rules. We wrote about the draft NPRM here , which the FCC substantially adopted. Under current rules, licensees of LPTV, TV and FM translator, and TV and FM booster stations (but not full-power stations) are required to maintain paper copies of FCC rules applicable to those services.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Repeal FCC Information Collection Requirements for Noncommercial Biennial Ownership Reports

Broadcast Law Blog

A bill was introduced in Congress this week (see press release here ) proposing to roll back the FCC’s requirement that noncommercial broadcasters, in connection with the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by December 1 of this year, get an FCC Registration Number for every person who has an attributable interest in a noncommercial licensee.

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Statements of FCC Commissioners Regarding Expansion of the Spectrum

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FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's statement regarding the expansion of the spectrum through incentive auctions. Statement of the FCC regarding decision to promote competition Commissioner Clyburn's statement. Commissioner Pai's statement. Commissioner O'Rielly's statement.

The FCC's New Net Neutrality Proposal

Media Law Prof Blog

To receive comments concerning its draft proposal on the Open Internet, the FCC has established a new "inbox," available through a link on this page. While reports are already surfacing concerning the contents of the proposal, the FCC will not

Comcast sues FCC over P2P network regulation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Last August, FCC chairman Kevin Martin came down hard on Comcast after the company took steps. Tags: FCC Litigation By Eriq Gardner Comcast is suing the Federal Communications Commission, challenging the government agency's authority to regulate how ISPs thwart customers using peer-to-peer networks.

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FCC Announces New Round of EEO Audits for Radio Companies

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice announcing its second EEO audit for 2015. Letters to just over 100 radio (no TV stations were included in the current audit) went out on June 12 asking for evidence of their compliance with the FCC’s EEO rules. In yesterday’s notice, the FCC released the form audit letter and list of stations that will be audited. Responses from the audited stations are due to be filed at the FCC by July 27.

A Full House at the FCC as Two “New” Commissioners Confirmed

Broadcast Law Blog

Since the beginning of the year, the FCC has been acting with fewer than its full complement of Commissioners. Last week, Congress confirmed the nominations of Democratic Commissioner Rosenworcel for her return to the FCC, as well as new Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican. With this make-up of the FCC, the Commission will likely continue to proceed in the deregulatory fashion that we have seen so far this year.

FCC Open Meeting Scheduled For June 18, 2015

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC will hold an open commission meeting on June 18, 2015. Here's a link to the agenda

FCC Chair Moves To Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Chair Ajit Pai has apparently announced his plan to roll back net neutrality rules, first launched by the agency under the Obama administration and ultimately upheld in a 2016 District of Columbia Circuit ruling, United States Telecom Association v

The FCC and the Open Internet

Media Law Prof Blog

Neill, New Media Rights & California Western School of Law, has published How the FCC Can Preserve the Open Internet & Net Neutrality Through Title II Reclassification. Arthur H.

FCC to Debut New and Improved Website Next Week

Broadcast Law Blog

Our articles routinely contain links to FCC decisions, and otherwise refer to information on the FCC’s website. Next Thursday, December 10, the FCC will be unveiling a new and improved site – a prototype of which is available here. The FCC will begin revamping the site at 8 PM Eastern on December 9, so plan accordingly as portions of the website may not be available next Wednesday evening. The FCC’s Public Notice about the revamped site is available here.

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FCC's Proposal to Reshape Access to TV Programming Appears Doomed

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai holds his first presser and takes questions about net neutrality, the AT&T-Time Warner merger and more topics. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

FCC Proposes $144,344 Fine on Pirate Radio Operator and His Landlord

Broadcast Law Blog

Yesterday, the FCC adopted a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine three individuals $144,344 for operating a pirate radio station in North Miami, Florida. Given the fact that the illegal operation was repeated, and done after prior enforcement actions, the FCC deemed that the parties knew what they were doing was illegal, and thus imposed the maximum fine allowed by the Communications Act for a continuing violation of FCC rules.

Sony's Game Show Network Didn't Suffer Discrimination, Says FCC's Enforcement Bureau

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Cablevision could be on the verge of a big win at the FCC. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 24 – Plus FCC Proposes Changes in Future Broadcaster Fee Computations

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC announced yesterday 2015 regulatory fees are due by 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on September 24, 2015. The FCC also announced that the FCC’s automated filing and payment system (Fee Filer) for FY 2015 regulatory fees was open yesterday and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8 (it is closed today through the holiday weekend as the entire FCC electronic filing system is being shut down for maintenance).

$11,000 FCC EEO Fine for Recruiting Solely Through Online Sources – Time to Revisit the FCC Rules?

Broadcast Law Blog

An FCC decision fining a cable company $11,000 for not adequately recruiting for job openings should be viewed as a warning to broadcasters as well as well as MVPDs – failure to recruit for job openings by disseminating information about those opening through diverse sources will likely result in a substantial fine under the current rules being enforced by the Commission’s Media Bureau.

D.C. Circuit: FCC Cannot Mandate Net Neutrality

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Circuit vacated an order previously issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), mandating that Comcast not selectively limit its users’ bandwidth–namely, that the FCC cannot regulate Comcast’s practice of limiting bandwidth use by peer-to-peer programs.