FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ March 2016

By | March 31st, 2016|Legal News|

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: Noncommercial FM Broadcaster Fined $10,000 for Public Inspection File Violations TV Licensee Faces $20,000 Fine for Untimely Filing of 16 Children’s TV Programming Reports Man […]

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Broadcast Incentive Auction SecurID Tokens Are in the Mail

By | March 18th, 2016|Legal News|

It’s not just high school seniors who should be waiting by the mailbox for a thick package to arrive this coming week.  All television stations that filed a Form 177 application in Auction 1001 should be looking for their Second Confidential Status Letter between today and March 22nd.  The FCC has released a Public Notice […]

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FCC Releases Spectrum Auction User Guide and Online Tutorial for March 28-29 Initial Commitment Window

By | February 29th, 2016|Legal News|

Today, the FCC posted to the Auction 1001 website the Reverse Auction Initial Commitment User Guide and Online Tutorial.  Broadcasters that submitted an FCC Form 177 to participate in the Reverse Auction should review these materials to gain a better understanding of how the system will work so that they are prepared to participate when […]

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FCC Releases Form 177 Auction Application Instructions

By | November 19th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC today released a Public Notice with instructions for filing Form 177, the application for licensees of full-power and Class A TV stations to participate in the reverse auction. As a reminder, the FCC recently extended the application filing deadline, so the filing window now begins at noon Eastern Time on December 8, 2015 and runs until 6 […]

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FCC Moves Spectrum Auction Application Deadline After Making Changes to Opening Bids

By | November 12th, 2015|Legal News|

With little fanfare, the FCC today released a Public Notice changing the deadline for television stations to file Form 177 to participate in the spectrum auction.  The original filing window had run from December 1 to December 18.  The newly-announced window will run from 12:00 noon Eastern Time on December 8, 2015 to 6:00 p.m. […]

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December Filing Deadlines Are Upon Us

By | November 6th, 2015|Legal News|

October has come and gone, and now the season is upon us—filing season, that is!  Though winter is coming, December will be a hot month for radio and television FCC filings. Failure to meet any of these filing deadlines could result in fines or lost opportunities, putting a real damper on the holidays.  With that […]

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Scary Warning Accompanies FCC Announcement of Auction Application Window

By | October 15th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC today announced the application procedures to be used for broadcast stations wishing to participate in the spectrum auction, as well as application procedures for those wishing to purchase that spectrum in the forward auction.  Of particular interest to broadcast stations wishing to participate in the reverse auction is the announcement that the window […]

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FCC Releases Baseline Station Coverage for Auction and Repacking

By | June 30th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) today released the final version of its TVStudy software, which calculates TV station coverage areas for use in the spectrum auction and repacking.  The software can be accessed here. In addition, pursuant to an earlier order of the FCC directing the OET to “release a detailed summary […]

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FCC Announces Eligibility List for Spectrum Auction and Deadline for Pre-Auction Filing

By | June 9th, 2015|Legal News|

Today, the FCC released a Public Notice with a 45-page Appendix listing all full-power and Class A television stations eligible to participate in the reverse auction and receive protection in the repacking process. Licensees should immediately review the Appendix to ensure their station has been included and to determine whether the appropriate authorization for their […]

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