FCC Changes in Rules on Computation of Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Now Effective

By | April 21st, 2017|Legal News|

Last year, the FCC made some modifications in its assessment of foreign ownership of companies with broadcast interests, relaxing some of their compliance rules to take account of the realities of the current public stock trading marketplace – realities that, using the FCC’s old policies, made determinations of the level of foreign ownership in any… Continue Reading

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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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Upcoming FCC Broadcast, Telecom Filing Deadlines

By | April 20th, 2017|Legal News|

Do you know what FCC filing deadlines are coming up in early May through early June?  We do.  Note our list is not comprehensive, and other proceedings may apply to you.  Please do not hesitate to contact FHH if you have any questions.  May 1, 2017 – Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet – All telecommunications carriers, … Continue Reading

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What Happens in Vegas in April…We’ll Tell You About in May

By | April 20th, 2017|Legal News|

Regular readers of our “Memorandum to Clients” publication are an astute and well-read bunch (probably because they read the “MTC”). So we’re guessing that  you are generally aware of our usual publication schedule and plan your lives accordingly.  That’s why we want to get ahead of any potential concern this month by telling you that … Continue Reading

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The FCC is Now Granting Program Experimental Licenses (Finally!)

By | April 14th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC has always been kind to people who tinker with radio equipment, whether teenagers blowing out their parents’ fuses (that was us) or manufacturers’ research labs (maybe you). Licenses in the Experimental Radio Service allow work with radio transmitters that don’t otherwise meet FCC standards. The problem with these experimental licenses was that most … Continue Reading

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FCC Announces Auction Results and Sets TV Repack Deadlines

By | April 13th, 2017|Legal News|

To use a metaphor those headed to Vegas for the NAB Show will appreciate, two of the three wheels on the Spectrum Repack slot machine had stopped spinning, and all eyes have since been anxiously watching that third and final wheel.  The first stopped spinning on January 13, 2017 when the Reverse Auction concluded.  The […]

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FCC Brings Spectrum Auction to a Close, Sets Repack Transition in Motion

By | April 13th, 2017|Legal News|

With the release of the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (affectionately known as the “CCR”), the FCC officially draws the spectrum Incentive Auction to a close. The CCR is a must-read for TV broadcasters and wireless carriers alike. It announces broadcast and wireless winning bidders, sets deadlines and timetables for filings, and … Continue Reading

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FCC to Eliminate Need for Social Security Numbers from Board Members of Noncommercial Licensees for Biennial Ownership Report

By | April 7th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, we wrote about two of the three broadcast items to be considered at the FCC meeting on April 20. We wrote here about the draft order to restore the UHF discount, and here about the relaxation of the restrictions on fund-raising for third parties by noncommercial stations. The third item, also related to… Continue Reading

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New Congressional Attempts to Impose a Performance Royalty for Sound Recordings on Broadcast Radio, Including the PROMOTE Act – What Do They Provide?

By | April 6th, 2017|Legal News|

In the last month, there have been two bills introduced in the US House of Representatives seeking to impose a performance royalty for sound recordings on broadcast radio stations in the US. The bill introduced yesterday, The PROMOTE Act (standing for the Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity to Earn Act – whatever that may… Continue Reading

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