FCC’s Efforts to Expand Video Description May Spark Debate on Statutory Authority

By | March 31st, 2016|Legal News|

The FCC’s video description rules require covered broadcasters and MVPDs to provide audio-narration of the key visual elements of a program during pauses in the dialogue so as to make it more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Under the current rules (which Congress in 2010 directed the FCC to reinstate after […]

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Neither Sleet Nor Snow Can Keep the Radio Public File From Going Online

By | January 28th, 2016|Legal News|

Despite a three-hour delayed opening of the federal government courtesy of the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas, the FCC, in today’s Open Meeting, adopted rules requiring that radio broadcast stations, as well as satellite radio (i.e., Sirius/XM), direct broadcast satellite providers (i.e., DirecTV and DISH), and most cable television systems, migrate their public inspection files to […]

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FCC Enforcement Monitor

By | November 30th, 2015|Legal News|

November 2015 Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: FCC Admonishes TV Licensee for Prior Station Owner’s Failure to Timely File Children’s Television Programming Reports Inadequate Antenna Fencing and Signage Result in […]

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Client Alert: FCC Sets September 24, 2015 Deadline for 2015 Regulatory Fees

By | September 2nd, 2015|Legal News|

As we reported here, the FCC released its proposals regarding 2015 regulatory fees last May. As August turned into September, licensees were getting anxious as to when the FCC would get around to issuing an order setting the fees and opening the “Fee Filer” online payment system. That happened today with the release of this […]

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FCC Chairman Signals Mixed Bag of Changes to Media Rules

By | August 12th, 2015|Legal News|

FCC Chairman Wheeler released a blog post today discussing a number of changes and proposed changes to rules impacting TV and radio broadcasters. While his blog contained good news for the radio industry, TV broadcasters are likely to be less pleased. On the TV side there are two major initiatives. First, the Chairman is proposing […]

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FCC Proposes 2015 Regulatory Fees

By | May 22nd, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (really, that’s the title of it) (“NPRM/R&O”) proposing regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2015 and making other changes to its regulatory fee structure. Comments on the FCC’s proposals are due June 22, 2015, with reply comments due July 6, 2015. For […]

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FCC Ponders Extending Emergency Alert Accessibility Rules to “Second Screens”

By | May 12th, 2015|Legal News|

At its Open Meeting scheduled for next Thursday, May 21, 2015, the FCC will consider extending emergency information accessibility rules to “second screen” devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones.  The contemplated Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would expand the class of entities subject to the FCC’s accessibility rules (adopted […]

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FCC Reveals the Details of Its Preemption of Municipal Broadband Restrictions

By | March 27th, 2015|Legal News|

By Scott R. Flick and David Burns As we posted earlier, the FCC voted at its February meeting to preempt state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina restricting municipalities from providing broadband service. The FCC has now released the text of its...

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An Epitaph for Aereo

By | March 4th, 2015|Legal News|

By Scott R. Flick For a company that could always punch well above its weight in drawing press coverage, Aereo's sale of its assets in bankruptcy last week drew surprisingly little coverage. Less than a month before last year's Supreme Court decis...

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