Limited Registration Period for .RADIO Domain Names Ends Oct.31, 2017 – The Time to Register is Now!

By | October 13th, 2017|Legal News|

Now until Oct. 31, 2017, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is offering a “Special Limited Registration Period” – a pre-launch opportunity for the registration of .RADIO domain names by radio broadcasters, radio professional, radio amateurs, Internet radios, and radio-related companies. Call letters, corporate names, on-air personality names, and even slogans can all be registered as...… Continue Reading

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Now Available: Online Public Inspection File Webinar

By | October 13th, 2017|Legal News|

With the March 1, 2018 Online Public Inspection File deadline for mid-sized and smaller market (and non-commercial) approaching, Fletcher, Heald, & Hildreth’s Frank Montero and Steve Lovelady recently presented a webinar to help industry professionals navigate through the online filing process. In collaboration with Colorado Broadcasters Association, Montero and Lovelady spoke on a variety of...… Continue Reading

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Reminder: FREE Online Public Inspection Files Refresher Course Webinar

By | October 11th, 2017|Legal News|

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 12th at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Fletcher, Heald, & Hildreth’s Frank Montero and Steve Lovelady in partnership with Colorado Broadcasters Association, will present a FREE webinar entitled “Online Public Inspection Files: A Refresher Webinar.” You can register for the webinar, for FREE, via this link. While 2017 isn’t...… Continue Reading

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Are You Streaming Your Radio Station? Reminder that Broadcasters Need to Pay Royalties to SoundExchange as well as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC

By | October 9th, 2017|Legal News|

The alphabet soup of organizations that collect royalties for playing music has never been easy to keep straight, and today royalty issues sometimes seem even more daunting with new players like GMR (see our articles here, here and here) and arguments over issues like fractional licensing that only a music lawyer could love (see our...… Continue Reading

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Two More Paperwork Burdens Proposed for Relaxation Under FCC’s Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative – TV Ancillary and Supplementary Revenue Reports and Public Notice Requirements

By | October 6th, 2017|Legal News|

In addition to the elimination of the main studio rule (about which we wrote here), another media item is proposed for consideration at the FCC’s October 24 meeting. A draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was released earlier this week proposing two changes in FCC requirements – neither change, in and of itself, offering any...… Continue Reading

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TV Stations’ First Ever Quarterly Transition Progress Report Due October 10

By | October 4th, 2017|Legal News|

As we noted back in April (has it really been that long ago?) when the FCC first announced the TV spectrum repack deadlines, TV stations being repacked now have yet another quarterly filing obligation.  Television stations transitioning to a new channel in the repack must file a quarterly Transition Progress Report by the 10th of […]

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FCC Releases Draft Order to Abolish Main Studio Rule – To Be Considered at its October 24 Meeting

By | October 4th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC yesterday released the agenda for its October 24th Open Meeting, as well as draft orders of the matters to be considered at that meeting. For broadcasters, the single most significant proposal was a draft order (available here) to abolish the requirement that a broadcast station maintain a main studio in close proximity to...… Continue Reading

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The FCC Seeks Comment on 911 Access in Enterprise Communications Systems

By | October 3rd, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on a variety of issues related to 911 capabilities and Enterprise Communications Systems (ECS). While you may not be familiar with the term “Enterprise Communications Systems,” you are certainly familiar with the concept. As the FCC’s NOI explains, ECS are telecommunications systems that...… Continue Reading

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Will Anyone Pay for 1-833-AUCTION?

By | October 2nd, 2017|Legal News|

Toll free telephone numbers celebrated their 50th birthday this year (frankly, without much fanfare).  These numbers allow callers to reach businesses without being charged for the call.  When long distance calling was expensive, these numbers were enticing marketing tools used by businesses to encourage customer calls and provide a single number for nationwide customer service […]

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