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Update: Effective Date Set for More Revised Wireless Mic Rules

From our Spectrum Re-pack Files: following close on the heels of the revised rules for wireless mic use, the revised rules governing Part 15 operations in the post-re-pack world are now set to take effect December 23, 2015. As we reported last August, the Commission adopted two separate orders dealing with the new lay of … Continue Reading

Update: Effective Date Set for New Wireless Mic Rules

Back in August we reported on a Report and Order (R&O) adopting a range of new rules governing wireless microphones, rules aimed at accommodating wireless mic use both during and after the upcoming re-packing of the TV spectrum. That R&O has now been published in the Federal Register. As a result, we now know that … Continue Reading

The Political Broadcasting Rules: A Refresher Course

The 2015 elections are now in the books, but the 2016 election season, featuring federal campaigns (Presidential, Vice Presidential, Congressional) galore, is already upon us. Now’s a good time to be sure you’ve got a handle on the rules. The 2016 elections are a year away, but the race for presidential nominations is already heating … Continue Reading

Incentive Auction Update: FCC Seeks OMB Approval of Form 177 … STAT!!!

Statutory comment periods fall by the wayside in the headlong rush to get the auction up and running. Just yesterday we reported that the public notice setting out the Incentive Auction procedures had made it into the Federal Register. Readers will recall our observation that, unlike the FCC-issued version of the notice, the Federal Register … Continue Reading

SESAC Seeks to Sidestep Settlement

Dueling letters from SESAC and RMLC offer distinct alternatives for radio stations in their dealings with SESAC As we reported several months ago, in July the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) reached a settlement agreement with SESAC that resolved RMLC’s antitrust lawsuit against SESAC and brought some measure of certainty and stability to the license … Continue Reading

At Long Last – AM Revitalization!

Translator windows, interference protection changes, MDCL … and adios to the ratchet rule Two years in the making, the FCC’s AM Revitalization decision (full name: “First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, and Notice of Inquiry” – let’s just stick with Revitalization Decision, shall we?) has finally worked its way through the … Continue Reading

The Retransmission Consent NPRM: An Overview as the Comment Deadline Approaches

Here’s your chance to let the FCC know how to assess the “good faith” of parties to a retrans negotiation. While many (if not most) television licensees are likely trying to sift through the several hundreds of pages of FCC materials laying out the fast-approaching incentive auction process, it’s important not to lose sight of … Continue Reading

Forward Thinking: FCC Plans Ahead for Importers, Aims to Saves Trees

Import declaration rules waived for second half of 2016 Regular visitors to CommLawBlog know that the FCC maintains technical rules for radio transmitters and certain other equipment. These rules typically specify power, bandwidth, frequency stability, out-of-band emissions – that sort of thing. They’re intended to minimize the likelihood that a device will cause unwanted interference … Continue Reading

Political Broadcasting 2015 Webinar Now Available Online

If you’ve been watching TV, or reading news (whether on the Intertubes or the old-fashioned way), or eavesdropping on conversations on the subway, you probably know that we’re already in the middle of the Next Election Season (even though the Next Election happens to be more than 13 months away). Because it’s never too early … Continue Reading