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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

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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

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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

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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

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Update: Pandora Cleared to be Broadcast Licensee

By | June 4th, 2015|Legal News|

Terse compliance plan does the trick, although Pandora still has some hoops to jump through. The good folks of Box Elder, South Dakota can breathe a little easier now. Soon they should be able to listen to their local radio station and not have to worr...

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In Search for Copyright Relief, Pandora Opens Box of Ownership Requirements

By | May 10th, 2015|Legal News|

Alien ownership conditions imposed on Internet radio service when it tries to buy small-town radio station This is the story of how Pandora, in an effort to cut its copyright royalty costs, managed to saddle itself with a complex array of ownership rep...

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STELAR Redux: FCC Launches Market Mod Rulemaking

By | April 9th, 2015|Legal News|

Some old, some new standards likely for MVPD, satellite market modification proceedings, thanks to Congress When you think of satellite TV, with its nation-wide reach, you may not immediately think of “local” service. But local service is a...

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Form 323: So Long, SUFRNs; Hello, RUFRNs?

By | February 16th, 2015|Legal News|

Another ownership reporting cycle, another acronym: the FCC continues to struggle to devise an ownership reporting mechanism that will give the Commission what it wants. The Commission has once again waded into the muck of how individual interest holde...

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