Davina Sashkin

Davina Sashkin Ms. Sashkin specializes in broadcast media regulation and compliance, broadband technology development and regulation, and media transactional work.

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The FCC Announces Two Rules of Interest to NCE Stations

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

FCC Brings Spectrum Auction to a Close, Sets Repack Transition in Motion

With the release of the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (affectionately known as the “CCR”), the FCC officially draws the spectrum Incentive Auction to a close. The CCR is a must-read for TV broadcasters and wireless carriers alike. It announces broadcast and wireless winning bidders, sets deadlines and timetables for filings, and … Continue Reading

Incentive Auction Update: Quiet Period Partially Lifted, Channel Reassignments Coming, M&A Gold Rush Begins

After teasing that such relief was coming, the FCC has confirmed a partial waiver of the limitations on communications for reverse auction participants. In other words, broadcasters who participated in the auction, regardless of whether they were successful bidders or will remain on the air, are now free to communicate with all parties about their … Continue Reading

Keeping Tabs on the Post-Auction TV Transition Progress

FCC Releases Proposed Progress Report Form and Seeks to Require Non-Reimbursable Stations to Comply As the end of the Incentive Auction (hopefully) nears, the FCC has released additional information about the requirements and mechanisms for post-auction transition progress reporting by reimbursement-eligible stations, and has put out for comment a proposal to require similar reporting from … Continue Reading

Coming Soon: Webinar on FCC’s Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan

On September 30 the Commission released a public notice soliciting comment on a plan for the post-Incentive Auction transition. As you might expect, the plan is complicated and dense with detail – we here in the CommLawBlog are still working our way through it – but the FCC’s initial plan is to get the public’s … Continue Reading

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

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

Audio Overkill: New AM and FM Licenses Conditioned on Continuous Operation

New radio licensees now presumed to have constructed only “temporary” facilities if they fail to operate continuously for a year. What a difference a day makes! That is, if the day in question is July 2, 2015 and you happen to be a radio broadcaster waiting for grant of a license application. That’s because all … Continue Reading
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