Initial Reimbursement Allocations Announced for Repack Expenses

By | October 16th, 2017|Legal News|

On October 16, 2017, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the FCC’s Media Bureau jointly announced the initial allocation from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Relocation Fund) for the reimbursement of eligible full power and Class A television stations as well as multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) (Eligible Entities) impacted by the Incentive Auction.  The...… Continue Reading

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Reminder: EAS National Test Scheduled for Wednesday, September 27

By | September 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

ETRS Form 2 Due Same Day (Except for Hurricane-Impacted EAS Participants) Assuming that it is not delayed due to a real national emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC are still scheduled to conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT. As we...… Continue Reading

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CPB Compliance: Basic Preparedness and Recent OIG Audit Activity Webinar

By | September 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

Compliance has never been more important for public broadcasters. CPB regularly issues forfeitures of up to $15,000 to public broadcasting stations when the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) finds non-compliance with the provisions of the Communications Act, the terms of the CSG General Provisions, or errant NFFS reporting. Compliance, though, is more than just checking...… Continue Reading

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Incentive Auction Second Priority Filing Window Opens: What to Know

By | September 21st, 2017|Legal News|

On Sept. 20, the FCC announced the second filing window for all full power and Class A television stations receiving new channel assignment as part of the post-incentive auction repack. The filing window will open Oct. 3 and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Nov. 2. During this “second priority” filing window, all eligible stations...… Continue Reading

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Regulatory Fee Deadline Extended for Those Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

By | September 20th, 2017|Legal News|

As readers should know by now, annual FCC Regulatory Fees are due to be paid by no later than September 26 by all FCC regulatees. However, in recognition of the havoc caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma the FCC has has extended the deadline for regulatees in the areas impacted by those storms (which the...… Continue Reading

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Fall FCC Broadcasting and Telecommunications Deadlines

By | September 19th, 2017|Legal News|

Note our list is not comprehensive. Other proceedings may apply to you. Please do not hesitate to contact FHH if you have any questions.  September 26, 2017 – Annual Regulatory Fees – On a date not yet determined but certainly before September 30, 2017, annual regulatory fees will be due.  These will be due and payable for Fiscal...… Continue Reading

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Online Public File to Bring New Scrutiny to Issues/Programs Lists

By | September 13th, 2017|Legal News|

Believe it or not, the date by which all radio stations must have their complete public files online is now less than six months away. Television stations have been dealing with this reality for several years now, as have large stations in large markets for the past couple of years. Now, every radio station, both...… Continue Reading

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FCC’s September Agenda Packed with Proposed ‘Modernizations’

By | September 7th, 2017|Legal News|

Main Studio and Paper Rules on the Chopping Block, AM Revitalization on the Way It’s shaping up to be a busy few months for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. And did you know September is Modernization Month? Well, at least according to Chairman Pai it is. Today, the Chairman announced a new initiative to curtail, or...… Continue Reading

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FCC Activates DIRS for Second Time in Two Weeks as Irma Approaches

By | September 6th, 2017|Legal News|

Just a week after Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc in Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, has already hit parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This is a major storm, with wind gusts measured at 155 mph in Barbuda. This weekend Irma is set to make its way into Florida...… Continue Reading

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