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You Can’t Have One Without the Other: FCC Restores UHF Discount to National Cap

By | April 20th, 2017|Legal News|

While the great American songwriter Sammy Cahn felt it was Love and Marriage that were inseparable (as they “go together like a horse and carriage”), the FCC today found the UHF Discount just as inseparable from its 39% National TV Ownership Cap.  By a 2-1 party-line vote, the FCC this morning restored the UHF Discount, […]

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Letters From the Public: Pai FCC Takes First Step on Broadcast Deregulation

By | January 31st, 2017|Legal News|

It took a while to get to this point, but at the first public meeting of the Pai FCC, the Commission voted today to eliminate the requirement that stations maintain “Letters and Emails from the Public” in their public inspection files. As discussed below, that decision will have differing impacts on TV and radio stations, […]

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FCC Moves Spectrum Auction Application Deadline After Making Changes to Opening Bids

By | November 12th, 2015|Legal News|

With little fanfare, the FCC today released a Public Notice changing the deadline for television stations to file Form 177 to participate in the spectrum auction.  The original filing window had run from December 1 to December 18.  The newly-announced window will run from 12:00 noon Eastern Time on December 8, 2015 to 6:00 p.m. […]

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Scary Warning Accompanies FCC Announcement of Auction Application Window

By | October 15th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC today announced the application procedures to be used for broadcast stations wishing to participate in the spectrum auction, as well as application procedures for those wishing to purchase that spectrum in the forward auction.  Of particular interest to broadcast stations wishing to participate in the reverse auction is the announcement that the window […]

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Financing the Future of Radio: Pillsbury at the Radio Show

By | September 28th, 2015|Legal News|

We tend to focus on regulatory and legislative issues here at CommLawCenter, as that is the common ground for many of our media clients.  However, the truth is that—just like our clients—we spend more time working on business issues than regulatory ones.  Whether it’s mergers and acquisitions informed by regulatory rules, program negotiations, or novel […]

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Everything You’ve Been Told About Paying Interns May Now Be Wrong

By | July 10th, 2015|Legal News|

Interns are a perennial part of the media landscape, and you have probably heard a lot over the last few years on the subject of unpaid interns. Specifically, that unless they qualify as genuine interns under a six-part Department of Labor (DOL) test, businesses are required to treat them (and therefore pay them) as employees. […]

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FCC Releases Baseline Station Coverage for Auction and Repacking

By | June 30th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) today released the final version of its TVStudy software, which calculates TV station coverage areas for use in the spectrum auction and repacking.  The software can be accessed here. In addition, pursuant to an earlier order of the FCC directing the OET to “release a detailed summary […]

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Cascading False EAS Alerts Bring Million Dollar Penalty

By | May 19th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC announced this afternoon that it has reached an agreement with iHeartCommunications resolving “an investigation into the misuse of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) tones….”  As we’ve noted before on numerous occasions, the federal government is very touchy about the use of an EAS alerting tone when there isn’t a test or actual emergency. […]

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Mistaken Assumptions Block Translators for AM Stations

By | April 20th, 2015|Legal News|

It was once a tradition that the FCC would release a pro-broadcaster rulemaking decision on the eve of the NAB Show to ensure a warm reception when the commissioners and staff arrived to speak at the Show. I say it “once” was a tradition because pro-broadcaster rulemakings are none too common these days, a point […]

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