FCC Releases Annual Regulatory Fee Order – Payments Due Sept. 26, 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Now that summer and beach season is over, the Commission has finally released the final listing of regulatory fees for 2017 and their due date. While it might not be as big of news as a Taylor Swift release, this is an important time for the Commission which has announced the final amounts due for...… 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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Update: Effective Date of Ownership Report Revisions Set, Sort of

By | April 3rd, 2016|Legal News|

Commission’s Order makes it into the Federal Register, establishing deadlines petitions for reconsideration and/or judicial review as well as effective date of the underlying order – but what exactly will take effect on that date? Back in January we reported on the FCC’s latest attempt to craft the Perfect Broadcast Ownership Report for both the … Continue Reading

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FCC Order on Biennial Ownership Requirements – All Broadcasters, Commercial and Noncommercial, Need to Start Collecting Information from Attributable Owners and Directors for Next Year’s Filing

By | February 8th, 2016|Legal News|

In an order released last month which has not received much attention, the FCC clarified its requirements for the filing of Biennial Ownership Reports. Much of the order deals with fixes to the report itself that will, for the most part, make the completion of the report administratively easier in terms of the physical data… Continue Reading

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If At First You Don’t Succeed …: FCC Unveils Latest Versions of Broadcast Ownership Reports

By | January 24th, 2016|Legal News|

Among the changes: RUFRNs, static NCE biennial deadlines, increased reporting burdens for NCE licensees The FCC’s seemingly Sisyphian quest to design the Perfect Broadcast Ownership Report has yielded a number of changes. Whether, as the Commission hopes, they are changes for the better remains to be seen, presumably when the next round of biennial ownership … Continue Reading

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Update: Comment Deadlines Set for Form 323 RUFRN NPRM

By | February 26th, 2015|Legal News|

We recently reported on the FCC’s proposal to revise its broadcast ownership reporting requirements to permit all attributable interest holders to utilize a “Restricted Use FCC Registration Number” (RUFRN) in connection with both comm...

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Form 323: So Long, SUFRNs; Hello, RUFRNs?

By | February 16th, 2015|Legal News|

Another ownership reporting cycle, another acronym: the FCC continues to struggle to devise an ownership reporting mechanism that will give the Commission what it wants. The Commission has once again waded into the muck of how individual interest holde...

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