ETRS Form 1 Due August 28 for all EAS Participants; Requires Registration in FCC CORES System

By | August 10th, 2017|Legal News|

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC have announced that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on September 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT.  As a precursor to this test, all EAS Participants (which includes most broadcast stations and cable and DBS operators) must file a “Form 1”...… Continue Reading

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Save the Date for Our FREE Must-Carry/Retransmission Consent Webinar

By | July 25th, 2017|Legal News|

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 2:00-3:15 p.m. (EDT) For all full power TV stations, October 1, 2017 is a critical deadline for electing between must-carry and retransmission consent for the next three years. What should you consider before electing must-carry or retransmission consent? What has changed in the three years since elections were last made?...… Continue Reading

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FCC Tweaks Mic Rules, Microsoft Launches Spectrum Fight

By | July 18th, 2017|Legal News|

In late 2015, major wireless microphone manufacturers requested that the FCC “reconsider” various mostly-technical rules that it had adopted as part of a wide-ranging strategy to reallocate spectrum for wireless microphones. (We’ve written about recent regulatory changes for wireless mics here, here and here.) The Commission now has responded via an Order aimed at fine-tuning...… Continue Reading

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Winter is Coming . . . Freeze on certain FM Translator/FM Booster and LPFM Applications starts July 19th

By | July 14th, 2017|Legal News|

In case you missed this detail in Matt McCormick’s recent article about the upcoming FM translator application filing window for AM Class C and D station owners, Wednesday (July 19) is the start of a temporary freeze on acceptance of applications for minor modifications of existing FM translators and LPFMs, and for FM booster construction...… Continue Reading

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FCC Releases Instructions for Registering for the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System

By | July 7th, 2017|Legal News|

(New procedures require all filers to register in the FCC’s updated CORES system) On June 26, 2017, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission released instructions as to how Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants must register for access to the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).  The PSHSB also...… Continue Reading

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FCC Proposes 2017 Regulatory Fees

By | May 30th, 2017|Legal News|

Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, the FCC has issued its 2017 Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), beginning a process that culminates with the payment of regulatory fees sometime between late August and the end of September.   Although there aren’t any big fee hikes like we saw last year,...… Continue Reading

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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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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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FCC Modernizes 800 MHz Rules

By | March 29th, 2017|Legal News|

On March 23, 2017, the FCC enacted an Order to modernize its rules and regulations governing the 800 MHz Cellular Service band in order to encompass modern wideband mobile broadband service technologies such as LTE. The FCC stated that the movement away from the outdated command-and-control regulatory paradigm, originally created for commercial mobile services using … Continue Reading

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