About Dan Kirkpatrick

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Dan Kirkpatrick has created 16 blog entries.

FCC Releases Annual Regulatory Fee Order – Payments Due Sept. 26, 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Now that summer and beach season is over, the Commission has finally released the final listing of regulatory fees for 2017 and their due date. While it might not be as big of news as a Taylor Swift release, this is an important time for the Commission which has announced the final amounts due for...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on FCC Releases Annual Regulatory Fee Order – Payments Due Sept. 26, 2017

ETRS Form 1 Due August 28 for all EAS Participants; Requires Registration in FCC CORES System

By | August 10th, 2017|Legal News|

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC have announced that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on September 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT.  As a precursor to this test, all EAS Participants (which includes most broadcast stations and cable and DBS operators) must file a “Form 1”...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on ETRS Form 1 Due August 28 for all EAS Participants; Requires Registration in FCC CORES System

See you later, local correspondence file!

By | June 29th, 2017|Legal News|

As Egon said in Ghosbusters, “print is dead.” Okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement.  But at least as to many broadcast stations’ local public inspection files, it is essentially true as of today.  Back in January, the FCC voted to do away with the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain in their...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on See you later, local correspondence file!

FCC Imposes $55,000 Fine for Inappropriate Use of EAS Tones

By | June 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Continuing its historical hard line on misuse of EAS tones, the FCC announced on May 30 that it had settled an investigation with WTLV, a TEGNA-owned television station in Jacksonville, Florida regarding unauthorized EAS tones appearing in an ad for the Jacksonville Jaguars (the local NFL team).  As part of the settlement, TEGNA entered into...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on FCC Imposes $55,000 Fine for Inappropriate Use of EAS Tones

FCC Looks to Modernize Media Regulations

By | June 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Last month, the FCC launched a new proceeding with an extremely broad goal of modernizing its media regulations.  The very brief (less than three page) Public Notice launching the proceeding, which Chairman Pai previewed in his speech at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, asks for comment on almost any media regulation considered “outdated, unnecessary,...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on FCC Looks to Modernize Media Regulations

FCC v. Colbert – A Controversy Based on Truth or Truthiness?

By | May 10th, 2017|Legal News|

Last Monday, during his monologue on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert made a number of jokes at President Donald Trump’s expense, including lobbing a series of insults at the President.  (The full monologue is available here; check around 11:15 for the portion that has gotten folks talking).   One of these insults, which included a joking...… Continue Reading

Comments Off on FCC v. Colbert – A Controversy Based on Truth or Truthiness?

The Political Broadcasting Rules: A Refresher Course

By | November 8th, 2015|Legal News|

The 2015 elections are now in the books, but the 2016 election season, featuring federal campaigns (Presidential, Vice Presidential, Congressional) galore, is already upon us. Now’s a good time to be sure you’ve got a handle on the rules. The 2016 elections are a year away, but the race for presidential nominations is already heating … Continue Reading

Comments Off on The Political Broadcasting Rules: A Refresher Course

Some (But Not All) New Market Mod Rules Kick In November 2

By | October 29th, 2015|Legal News|

STELAR-mandated changes permit market modifications for satellite carriage; some cable matters tweaked, too The market modification process is about to get, um, modified, and thanks to Congress, it will be more inclusive as a result. In fact, the FCC has already signed off on the changes and some, but not all, of them are set … Continue Reading

Comments Off on Some (But Not All) New Market Mod Rules Kick In November 2

The Retransmission Consent NPRM: An Overview as the Comment Deadline Approaches

By | October 21st, 2015|Legal News|

Here’s your chance to let the FCC know how to assess the “good faith” of parties to a retrans negotiation. While many (if not most) television licensees are likely trying to sift through the several hundreds of pages of FCC materials laying out the fast-approaching incentive auction process, it’s important not to lose sight of … Continue Reading

Comments Off on The Retransmission Consent NPRM: An Overview as the Comment Deadline Approaches
Load More Posts