The Commission Extends Transition Progress Reporting Requirement to Non-Reimbursable Stations

By | May 24th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, the Commission adopted transition progress reporting requirements for broadcast television stations that will be changing channels during the post-incentive auction transition, but that are ineligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund. The Commission had already decided back in January that TV stations eligible for reimbursement from the Fund would be required...… Continue Reading

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FCC Proposes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule for Broadcasters

By | May 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission proposed to eliminate the rule requiring radio and television broadcasters to maintain a main studio located at or near a station’s community of license.  The Commission proposed the repeal of the rule on the grounds that the ubiquity of electronic communications eliminated the necessity of a studio’s...… Continue Reading

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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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FCC’s EEO Policies Subject of Re-examination and Update

By | April 27th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC’s policies with regard to diversity generally have taken center stage over the past few days.  First up, on Friday, April 21, the Commission released a Declaratory Ruling which updated its policy as to whether the use by broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD’s) of only Internet-based recruitment sources provides sufficiently wide dissemination … Continue Reading

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same – UHF Discount Restored

By | April 26th, 2017|Legal News|

The Commission has acted to restore the UHF discount used to calculate audience reach in connection with determining compliance with television ownership limits.  The national ownership cap currently limits the number of stations one owner may control to those which reach no more than 39 percent of national television households (with reach defined as the … Continue Reading

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The FCC Announces Two Rules of Interest to NCE Stations

By | April 21st, 2017|Legal News|

On April 20, 2017, the FCC announced two new developments for NCE stations. First, the FCC stated that it will no longer require the officers and board members of NCE stations to obtain FCC registration numbers (“FRNs”), a process which requires individuals to disclose personal information such as social security numbers. NCE station officers and board … Continue Reading

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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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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 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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