FCC Budget Showcases Rapidly Shrinking Media Regulatory Agency

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Don't expect much policing of indecency, competition and discrimination as chairman Ajit Pai may be overseeing massive staffing cuts. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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 Media Bureau Clarifies Broadcasters’ Negotiation Remedies

New Media and Technology Law

Broadcasters may invoke “Must Carry” status or seek to negotiate terms for “retransmission” under FCC rules requiring “good faith” negotiations. The FCC also has issued a series of orders in connection with mergers and other transactions, some of which allow an arbitrator to pick one offer or the other in “night” baseball-style arbitration when certain networks and operators cannot agree on terms of carriage.

FCC Moves Forward on Rolling Back Title II Net Neutrality

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The agency's commissioners vote 2-1 to take the first step towards reversing classification of broadband as a utility. read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Looking at the Last Night’s Election Results and the Future of Washington Policy For Broadcasters

Broadcast Law Blog

For positions such as the chairman of the FCC, many of these publications listed familiar DC names as likely appointees if, as expected by most pundits, Hillary Clinton was elected president. At this point, we can only speculate as to what that election will mean for broadcast policy – particularly at the FCC. The make-up of the FCC will likely facilitate such changes, as Republicans will no longer be in the minority at the FCC.

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Trump's New FCC Chief Could Let Big Media Get Even Bigger

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The president throws shade on an AT&T-Time Warner hookup, but Ajit Pai is signaling moves that could grease deals, help new players like Verizon and turn content makers into even more attractive targets. read more. THR, Esq. Business Politics Business Donald Trump THR Weekly Magazine

FCC Will Examine Potential Changes to Broadcast Indecency Regulation

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Television FCC Business The government agency wants to hear about how it should police isolated curse words and nudity on public broadcast airwaves. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Puts Forward Big Proposal to Reshape Access to TV Programming

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Pay-TV providers to be required to give consumers free apps with extensive functionality in a proposal to be voted on Sept. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Remember Children’s Television Compliance Obligations – The FCC Does Not Forget

Broadcast Law Blog

With the obligation of television stations to file the quarterly Children’s Television Reports on FCC Form 398 by Monday (as the usual January 10 date is on a weekend) and the simultaneous requirement to place into their online public file documentation of compliance with the commercial limits in Children’s programming , it is worth reminding stations of the seriousness with which the FCC continues to view its children’s television rules.

Anderson Cooper's Talk Show Is a News Program, FCC Rules

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Eriq Gardner The government regulators have determined the talk show qualifies as news and is thus exempt from obligations to giving political candidates equal air time. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Anderson Cooper Anderson

MPAA Urges FCC Not to Regulate Availability of Online Content

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Meanwhile, the telecom industry is invoking the "Open Internet" rules to argue that TV programmers shouldn't be allowed to restrict access to streams. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Public Knowledge Tells FCC That Comcast's Streaming Video Service Flouts Open Internet

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Comcast argues that its cable package does not go over the Internet so it's not subject to those rules. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Hollywood Docket: Music Labels vs. Grooveshark; FCC Targets Loud Commercials; Ryan Gosling Law School

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The Business Business FCC Ryan GoslingEriq Gardner A roundup of hot legal stories from the world of entertainment and media law. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Sets in Motion Reversal of Title II Net Neutrality

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One tech group immediately blasts the proposal, saying "it could toss the streaming and internet economy back into chaos." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

TV Industry Group Hints Google Has Inside Access at the FCC

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A coalition formed by the MPAA and telecoms speaks of "Top Secret meetings" and "hoodwinked" viewers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Charter Tells FCC of Commitment to Net Neutrality Regardless of Legal Intrigue

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The cable giant also says its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable will benefit online video providers like Netflix. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Is the FCC's "Unlock the Box" Plan for Cable TV in Trouble?

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A swing vote at the regulatory agency talks about "real flaws" in the original plan and hints at support for an emerging alternative proposal from the cable industry. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

FCC Orders Comcast to Move Bloomberg's News Channel

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Eriq Gardner Bloomberg wins argument that Comcast violated "news neighborhooding" condition of the FCC's decision to approve the NBCU acquisition. Comcast will appeal. read more. THR, Esq. Television Business Comcast

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It's Official (Again): FCC Arbitrarily Punished CBS For Janet Jackson 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

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Supreme Court, an appeals court once again overturns the FCC's decision to fine CBS for Janet Jackson's performance at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Eriq Gardner Remanded from the U.S.

CBS Tells FCC That Stephen Colbert's Trump Jokes Weren't Indecent Nor Obscene

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The broadcaster looks to avoid any "character" test in a license review. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

What Does Donald Trump's 'SNL' Appearance Mean for the FCC's "Equal Time" Rule?

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NBC could be put in a tough spot from one of Trump's rivals. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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FCC Negotiates $100,000 Settlement and Cancellation of Some Licenses with Broadcaster Who Filed Applications Under False Names and Refused to Cooperate with FCC Investigations

Broadcast Law Blog

This case involved an individual named Brian Dodge who, according to a settlement agreement ( available here ) reached with the FCC’s Media Bureau and announced last week, filed multiple applications over almost 30 years either under a cloud because of an unresolved misrepresentation finding in a case in 1988 that led to the dismissal of an application in which he was involved. FCC Fines FM Translators and LPFM General FCC License Renewal FCC misrepresentations short term license renewal

Donald Trump Expected to Appoint Ajit Pai as New FCC Chairman

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A net neutrality foe, Pai has often opposed new regulations promulgated at the media oversight body. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

FCC Regulation of Internet Video? – Dates Set for Comments on Treating Over-the-Top Video Providers like Cable and Satellite TV

Broadcast Law Blog

Whether to treat Internet video providers by the same rules that apply to cable and direct broadcast satellite systems is the subject of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released by the FCC just before Christmas, notice of which was published in the Federal Register today , setting the comment dates on the proposal. And the FCC has defined a TV channel as one comparable to what is delivered by broadcast TV. But just what video would be covered by the FCC’s proposal?

FCC Chairman Reminds TV Broadcasters of the Importance of their Online Political File Obligations as its Staff Investigates Complaints about Deficiencies

Broadcast Law Blog

This week, the FCC’s Office of Political Broadcasting in its Media Bureau sent letters to all of the stations involved, asking that the stations respond to the complaints and provide details about the factual assertions that were made, by May 27. At the same time, the FCC Chairman issued a Statement , reminding TV broadcasters of the importance of the political file, and how seriously the FCC takes any violations of its rules.

Reminder: A Broadcaster’s FCC EEO Obligations

Broadcast Law Blog

With the Martin Luther King Day holiday just passed, it seems appropriate to review the FCC’s EEO rules , which look to promote broad access to broadcast employment opportunities. We have written about the FCC audit process by which it will review the EEO performance of approximately 5% of all broadcast stations each year (see, e.g. our articles here and here ) and also about recent fines for stations that did not comply with the FCC requirements in specific areas.

FCC Pulls Controversial Set-Top Box Proposal From Meeting Agenda

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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.

Hollywood Docket: Will the FCC appeal?; UFC vs. pirates; RIAA's legal bill

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In the wake of the appeals court ruling restricting the FCC's ability to fine broadcasters for indecent language on the airwaves, the big question is now whether the FCC intends to appeal. Doing so poses the risk of further bleeding.

Four Fines Up to $8000 for Tower Lighting Issues – A Message on the Importance to the FCC of Safety Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

There are times that the FCC, though its Daily Releases, appears to be trying to make a point. The facts of each of the cases are slightly different – but together they make clear that the FCC demands that tower lights be maintained in operating condition, and will take few excuses for the failure of those lights to remain operational during required operating hours. FCC Fees Tower Issues automatic monitoring of towers FCC tower lighting requirements

FCC's Authority to Regulate Cable TV Competition Under Attack

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Television FCC BusinessAt an appellate hearing, several judges appear highly critical of a ruling last year that punished Comcast for discriminating against the Tennis Channel. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

Butts, Balls and the C-Word: What You Can and Can't Say on TV

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million and the F- and S- words are off-limits (but only sometimes): welcome to the confusing world of FCC regulations. Television Television Business Cher FCC Howard Stern Janet Jackson Nicole Richie 2 Broke Girls The Oprah Winfrey ShowA bare behind costs $1.4

FCC Looking at Online Blocking, TV Channel Bundling in Retrans Negotiations

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The media regulatory agency is signaling a more hands-on approach in favor of telcos, says one analyst. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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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.

Will the Supreme Court Finally Lift Ban on 'Seven Dirty Words' You Can't Say on TV? (Analysis)

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Television Television Business Cher FCC Nicole RichieEriq Gardner In a Tuesday hearing before the high court, broadcasters make the argument that regulatory policy on swear words is a constitutional impingement of free speech. read more. THR, Esq.

Comcast Tells FCC There's Nothing Unlawful About Negotiating Hard for Digital TV Rights

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The cable giant is fighting a complaint that it discriminated against the Spanish-language network, Estrella TV. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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

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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.

Hollywood Docket: FCC pushes Comcast/NBCU deadline; more Bergstein; Daddy Yankee vs. UMG

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The FCC has pushed back the deadline to file comments on Comcast's proposed merger with NBCU to June 21 for petitions to deny. THR] Aramid Entertainment and its Cayman Islands affiliate have joined the decidedly nonexclusive club of film investors.

The FCC and ISP Interconnection Disputes

Media Law Prof Blog

Rob Frieden, Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications, and Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, has published Rationales For and Against FCC Involvement in Resolving Internet Service Provider Interconnection Disputes.

Another Fine for Tower Lighting Issues – $20,000 – Warning to Large Companies that Fines May be Enhanced So That They are Not Just a “Cost of Doing Business”

Broadcast Law Blog

In another case released this week , the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau decided that a $20,000 fine was appropriate for a tower owner in Alaska whose lights were not working when the FCC inspected the facility (and the FAA had not been notified of the outage). FCC Fines Tower Issues reporting outage of tower lights to FAA tower light outage

NYT Reports On Fox v. FCC Ruling

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC ruling, issued June 21. The New York Times reports on the Supreme Court's Fox v. Reactions to the ruling from the NYT here, Scotusblog here