Rural Health Care Providers Could Find Relief in FCC Proposal

By | December 19th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission took steps to review and update its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP) via a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order. The item seeks comment on how to improve RHCP, including extending a waiver to allow for the rollover of RHCP funds from Fiscal Year 2017 into mid-2018. The...… Continue Reading

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Rural Health Care Providers Could Find Relief in FCC Proposal

By | December 19th, 2017|Legal News|

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission took steps to review and update its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP) via a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order. The item seeks comment on how to improve RHCP, including extending a waiver to allow for the rollover of RHCP funds from Fiscal Year 2017 into mid-2018. The...… Continue Reading

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The FCC’s Open Internet Order – Which Freedom?  

By | December 15th, 2017|Legal News|

The fight over the Open Internet (better known as net neutrality) continued Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission voting to reverse the 2015 Title II Order, which reclassified broadband Internet access as a “telecommunications service.” This decision means that the Internet will return to its pre-2015 Title I “information service” classification (For a history of how...… Continue Reading

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New European Privacy Laws Going Into Effect Mean ALL Companies Need to Review their Data Collection

By | December 14th, 2017|Legal News|

Our websites are global, our e-commerce offerings reach customers around the world, our Internet radio broadcasts elicit responses from listeners around the globe and our consultants often hail from London to New Delhi. Whether people pay us, whether we pay them, or whether we just correspond with people interested in our products, services and programs,...… Continue Reading

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Limited Registration Period for .RADIO Domain Names Ends Oct.31, 2017 – The Time to Register is Now!

By | October 13th, 2017|Legal News|

Now until Oct. 31, 2017, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is offering a “Special Limited Registration Period” – a pre-launch opportunity for the registration of .RADIO domain names by radio broadcasters, radio professional, radio amateurs, Internet radios, and radio-related companies. Call letters, corporate names, on-air personality names, and even slogans can all be registered as...… Continue Reading

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FCC Activates DIRS for Second Time in Two Weeks as Irma Approaches

By | September 6th, 2017|Legal News|

Just a week after Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc in Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, has already hit parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This is a major storm, with wind gusts measured at 155 mph in Barbuda. This weekend Irma is set to make its way into Florida...… Continue Reading

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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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Last of Citizens Broadband Radio Service Rules Become Final

By | August 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

The FCCs rules for Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) have become final, after many years in the works. No, it’s not your grandfather’s “Ten-four, good buddy” citizens band, but a high-end, super-Wi-Fi-type service that someday will serve your portable devices with fast digital signals. But don’t run down to Best Buy quite yet. The engineers are...… Continue Reading

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Independent Decisionmakers Reduce SESAC’s Commercial Radio License Rate by Tens of Millions of Dollars

By | August 3rd, 2017|Legal News|

(Stations will pay 60% less than old SESAC rate card) While the fight between the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR) has captured music licensing headlines in 2016 and 2017 (including here at Commlawblog), it has previously been RMLC v. SESAC which stole the show.  (Recall that until GMR came on...… Continue Reading

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