Effective Date of Main Studio Rule Elimination Announced

By | December 8th, 2017|Legal News|

Effective Jan. 8, 2018, AM, FM, and television broadcast stations will no longer be required to maintain a main studio. The Commission voted back in October to eliminate the Main Studio Rule based on findings that the cost of maintaining a main studio outweighed the benefits. The Order was published in the Federal Register on...… Continue Reading

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Upcoming FCC Broadcasting and Telecommunications Deadlines for January-February 2018

By | December 6th, 2017|Legal News|

It’s never too early to get a jump start on upcoming deadlines as the New Year approaches. Below is a list of upcoming FCC deadlines to keep on your radar. Note our list is not comprehensive. Other proceedings may apply to you. Please do not hesitate to contact FHH if you have any questions.  January 10, 2018...… Continue Reading

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Comment Deadlines Set for Proposed Changes in Ancillary/Supplementary Service Report Requirements

By | November 29th, 2017|Legal News|

As we reported back in October, the Commission has proposed to end the requirement that all digital television, LPTV, and TV translator stations file annual ancillary/supplementary services reports. Plus, it instead requires only stations which actually offer such ancillary/supplementary services to file the forms and report on any revenues received. While this proposal has been...… Continue Reading

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FCC Approves Voluntary ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV Implementation

By | November 17th, 2017|Legal News|

  New Opportunities for Next Gen Broadcasters and Simulcast “Host” Stations, but Controversies Remain. Today, the FCC adopted a Report and Order authorizing television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation” broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard (also called “ATSC 3.0”) on a voluntary, market-driven basis. This Order may herald a revolutionary change in TV broadcasting,...… Continue Reading

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Christmas Has Come Early: Media Bureau Waives Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report Filing Requirement

By | November 16th, 2017|Legal News|

Acting with commendable promptness, the Media Bureau has relieved virtually all television stations from the requirement to file ancillary/supplementary service reports, at least for this year and likely for future years as well. These reports are traditionally due on Dec. 1 of every year. As we reported back in October, the reports are the ones...… Continue Reading

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Upcoming FCC Broadcasting and Telecommunications Deadlines for November-January

By | October 31st, 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.  November 13, 2017 – EAS National Test – Participants’ ETRS Form Three Due – All EAS participants must submit Form Three, which reports the results of the the national EAS test held on...… Continue Reading

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FCC Reduces International Carrier Reporting Requirements

By | October 30th, 2017|Legal News|

On Oct. 24, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission released a Report and Order in which the agency reduced the reporting requirements (found under Section 43.62 of the FCC’s rules) for providers of U.S.-international telecommunications services. Specifically, the FCC eliminated the annual international Traffic and Revenue Reports and streamlined the Circuit Capacity Report filing requirements. The...… Continue Reading

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FCC Releases Proposed Order to Modify Media Ownership Rules

By | October 27th, 2017|Legal News|

As expected, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday released his proposed Order modifying the FCC’s media ownership rules. Consistent with what he announced at an Oct. 25 House Energy and Commerce Committee FCC Oversight Hearing, the Order, if adopted, will allow nearly unrestricted television duopolies in almost every market, eliminate radio/TV cross-ownership restrictions, and abolish the Commission’s long-standing prohibition...… Continue Reading

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NOW AVAILABLE: FHH CPB Compliance Webinar with Bob Winteringham

By | October 26th, 2017|Legal News|

Compliance has never been more important for public broadcasters. CPB regularly issues forfeitures 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 boxes and filling out...… Continue Reading

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