Harry Cole

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The primary focus of Mr. Cole’s practice is broadcasting, including transactional, regulatory and appellate work. He has represented clients before the FCC and in various courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

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2015 Regulatory Fees Proposed: Stability Reigns (At Least For Now)

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the FCC has released its proposed regulatory fees for 2015. Now we all have something to mull over during all those boring parades, fireworks shows, baseball games and cook-outs. Lucky us!

As usual, the proposed fees are set out in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM ) in which the FCC solicits comments on the proposals, as well as some other incidental matters relating to the fees. While the final figures (usually adopted in July or early August, payable in late August or September) may vary here and there from the proposed fees, generally any changes can be expected to be minor. Still, the NPRM gives one and all an opportunity to comment on the proposals before they get etched in stone (although many may question the utility of trying to sway the Commission on the fee front).

For TV folks, reg fees appear to be stabilizing. Prior to last year, you may recall, the Commission had two separate TV fee schedules, one for VHF, the other for UHF. That differential treatment was tossed out in 2013 (effective with the 2014 reg fees). That led to some rough water on the UHF side – and smooth sailing on the VHF side – last year: VHF licensees noticed a substantial drop in their fees (as much as 48% for some), while UHF licensees suffered a major uptick (running from 15% to 30%). This year the proposed TV rates are proposed to remain largely where they were last year, with only modest (1% - 4%) increases. The only exception: FM/TV Translators and boosters and LPTV licensees, whose fees will go up 6% -- but, since last year’s fee was only $410, that amounts to only a $25 hike to $435.

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This Should Get Your Attention III: iHeart Whacked for $1 Million for Misuse of EAS Tones

A one-time only broadcast leads to a “multi-state cascade” of false alarms … and a big penalty

We have previously reported on the FCC’s crackdown on the misuse of EAS tones, a crackdown that has thus far resulted in more than $2.5 million in penalties. No, wait – make that more than $3.5 million, thanks to a Consent Decree by which the Commission has extracted a cool $1 million from the coffers of iHeartCommunications for yet another violation of the Commandment Against Non-Emergency EAS Broadcasts.

Unlike previous instances in which the EAS tones were improperly used in advertising (presumably to get the audience’s attention), this time the problem is the fault of syndicated radio host Bobby Bones. In October, 2014, Mr. Bones was engaged in “commentary” about an interruption in his viewing of Game 2 of the World Series. Apparently the cable system on which he had been watching the game ran its monthly EAS alert during the game, presumably to Bones’s displeasure. While we didn’t hear the broadcast, we’re guessing that, to illustrate just how annoying and disruptive an EAS alert can be, Bones played the EAS tones – but not the tones as they were heard during the baseball game. Instead, he used a recording of the EAN Event code from the November, 2011, nationwide EAS test.

The mere broadcast of the tones in a non-emergency context would ordinarily have been enough to fetch a hefty fine. (Anyone who doubts that should take a quick look at Section 11.45 of the Commission’s rules). But there was more. Bones’s show is carried on more than 70 stations. A number of EAS participants downstream from those stations didn’t have their own EAS gear set to recognize the November, 2011 date of the EAN Event code, so they responded as though it were a real live EAS message, which they dutifully retransmitted to other EAS participants further downstream.

The result: “a multi-state cascade of false EAS alerts”. Oops.

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Update: Net Neutrality Appeal Headed Back to D.C., For Sure

 We recently reported that the destination of the appeal of the FCC’s “Open Internet” decision might be up in the air because parties had sought review in three different U.S. Courts of Appeals. That would normally mean that a random drawing would have to be held to determine which Circuit would get the nod. But the FCC was taking the position that an earlier drawing – in which the D.C. Circuit had been selected – should control, even though the FCC was simultaneously arguing that the appeals that had triggered that earlier drawing were fatally premature and should be tossed.

Potential crisis averted! The two petitioners who went to non-D.C. Circuits have now advised their respective Circuits that they’re cool with having their appeals transferred to D.C. Those would be Alamo Broadband, Inc. (which filed in the Fifth Circuit) and a group of four petitioners led by Full Service Network (which filed in the Third Circuit). That appears to eliminate any lingering question of venue, so all concerned should now be able to focus on the merits.

Oh, wait, we forgot to mention the stay requests.

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Quo Vadis, Net Neutrality?

Appeals, reconsiderations, judicial lotteries – there’s never a dull moment when it comes to net neutrality.

Just because the FCC finally released its behemoth Report and Order (R&O) in the net neutrality proceeding last month, don’t think that the fun and games are over. Not by a long shot.

Au contraire, the battles rage on … and they will soon be waged in two separate arenas, the FCC and one or another U.S. Court of Appeals. As might be expected, we’re already seeing new twists and turns that may further complicate an already complicated proceeding.

When the FCC releases a decision, folks unhappy with the decision generally have two obvious options: they may go back to the FCC and seek reconsideration, essentially trying to convince the Commission to change its mind; or they can run to an appropriate U.S. Court of Appeals, in which case they are asking the court to tell the FCC that its decision was in some way(s) flawed. In a rulemaking proceeding (like net neutrality), it’s not unusual for some disgruntled parties to take one approach which others take the second approach.

And that’s the way things seem to be shaping up here.

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Public Inspection File Rule: The FCC Asks (Again) If It's Really Necessary

Thanks to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the public file rule is out for comment … again

The Paperwork Reduction Act strikes again! As we all know, the PRA requires the FCC to get clearance from the Office of Management and Budget for “information collections” the FCC wants to impose on its regulatees. OMB clearances have a shelf-life of three years, meaning that the Commission has to truck on back to OMB every three years to re-up previously issued clearances.

Those of you with reasonably long memories may see where this is heading.

Three years ago was when OMB last approved the Commission’s local public inspection file (and related political file) rules for broadcast and cable operators. (Those rules may be found at §§73.3526, 73.3527, 73.1943 and 76.1701.) And sure enough, the FCC has now solicited comments on those rules yet again as part of the process necessary to secure another three-year OK from OMB.

We reported on the 2011 proceedings back when they first got started. You may want to take a look at that report, because not much has changed this time around. The Commission is again inviting comment on several boilerplate questions, including:

(a)    whether the public file rules are “necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the [collected] information shall have practical utility”; and

(b) whether the Commission’s burden estimate is accurate.

As to that “burden estimate”, the numbers continue to amuse and amaze. Recall that in 2011 the Commission estimated that 52,285 respondents (providing a total of 52, 285 responses) would require anywhere from 2.5-109 hours to comply with the public file rules, resulting in a “Total Annual Burden” of “1,831,706” (the 2011 notice didn’t put any units on that total burden estimate, but we figure it probably referred to hours) and a “Total Annual Cost” of (are you sitting down?) “none”.

This time around, the corresponding estimates are: 24,558 respondents (providing a total of 63,234 responses); one hour to 104 hours per response; “Total Annual Burden” – 2,375,336 hours; “Total Annual Cost” – $882,236.

If these numbers look a bit odd to you, join the club.

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Hey, Full-Power and Class A TV Licensees: It's Almost May 29. Are You Sure Your Facilities Will Be Protected in the Repack?

Failure to complete construction or to find, and correct, discrepancies in FCC databases could result in less protection than expected.

Here’s a heads up reminder to all full-power and Class A TV licensees who expect to be eligible both for the incentive auction and for protection when the spectrum repack rolls around in the next year or two: the deadline for establishing the particular specs that will be protected in the repack is fast approaching. That deadline is May 29, 2015 (as we reported last January).

The deadline is important to at least two distinct categories of licensee.

The first group consists of folks currently holding certain construction permits who just haven’t yet gotten around to building out the facilities specified in their CP’s. If they don’t take care of that, with a covering license application on file by May 29, the CP facilities will not be protected in the repack. So, for example, all you analog Class A licensees holding onto permits to go digital may want to get on the stick and git ‘er done now, since digital footprints tend to be larger than analog. (And anyway, since – as we have reported – all Class A’s are going to have be digital by September 1, 2015 in any event, doesn’t it make sense to get the conversion done before the May 29 deadline anyway?) The bottom line for these folks: You’ve probably spent a bunch of time and money getting your permit - and it could all do down the drain if you don't finish the process by May 29.

Folks in the second group don’t have outstanding CPs.

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Wheeler to AMers: I've Got Your Revitalization Item ... Right Here

Action on AM rescue items may come soon, but things aren’t looking good for an AM-only FM translator window.

About 18 months ago, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (AM Revitalization NPRM) that represented, in the words of then-Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, “the next significant step in our effort to buttress AM broadcast service and ease regulatory burdens on AM broadcasters.” Commissioner Pai, a long-time supporter of the AM industry, declared the NPRM a “landmark effort … to energize the nation’s oldest broadcasting service”. Optimism ran high that AM was about to catch a break.

Then things went quiet. We here in the CommLawBlog bunker have received a boatload of inquiries asking where the much-vaunted AM Revitalization proceeding stands. And now we have some idea: In a recent post on the FCC’s blog, Chairman Wheeler has announced that he “intends to conclude” this proceeding “in the coming weeks”.

There’s good news and bad news here.

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No Contest? Enforceability of Broadcast Contest Rule In Question

If you’re a broadcaster and you’re worried that you may have violated the on-air contest rule – or if the FCC has concluded that you did violate that rule – you may be in luck.

As we all know, the hilariously-named Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires the FCC to get the approval of the Office of Management and Budget before the FCC can unleash “information collection” obligations on its regulatees. The PRA process – which provides not one, but two separate opportunities for public comment, thereby ironically doubling the potential paperwork to be created – often appears to involve little more than rubber-stamping, with no apparent attention paid to any public input that might be submitted.

What does this have to do with the FCC’s contest rule? Read on.

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Back from the (Near) Dead: New Life for FiberTower's Licenses, Thanks to the D.C. Circuit

Last gasp appeal comes up big, possibly saving 689 24 GHz and 39 GHz licenses.

If you took the long odds and bet against the FCC in FiberTower’s last gasp effort to keep its 689 licenses alive, lucky you! The D.C. Circuit appears to have given FiberTower at least a chance.

FiberTower’s saga goes back several years. Check out our blog posts on that saga for a more complete history. In sum, FiberTower had 689 licenses in the 24 GHz and 39 GHz bands that the FCC cancelled for failure to construct sufficient facilities. FiberTower appealed.

At first glimpse, the Court’s opinion looked like bad news for FiberTower. A statutory argument it presented to the Court got tossed immediamente because it hadn’t been presented to the FCC below, as required by Section 405 of the Communications Act. And FiberTower’s arguments about the FCC’s interpretation of its substantial service renewal standards – i.e., that that interpretation is bad policy – didn’t get very far either (thanks to the deference to which the FCC is ordinarily entitled).

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Net Neutrality Update: D.C. Circuit Selected in Initial Circuit Lottery ... For Now

Panel picks despite possibly premature petitions.

The next time you find yourself at a roulette table in the Net Neutrality Casino, put all your chips on “D.C. Circuit”. It’s a good bet.

As readers may recall, back in 2011, the D.C. Circuit came out on top in a lottery conducted to determine which of six federal courts of appeals should hear appeals of the FCC’s Open Internet decision. And now, nearly four years later, lightning has struck again, with the prospect for a three-peat in the very near future.

The lottery involves the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). The JPML decides which court gets to preside over appeals of FCC actions when different appellants file their petitions for review in different courts. When that happens, the competing circuits are tossed into a drum and one is picked by a JPML official (the “Random Selector”). All appeals of the FCC action in question are then consolidated before that one lucky court. (There are other niceties that have to be attended to in order to get your favorite circuit into the drawing, but you get the idea.)

The Commission released its much-anticipated Open Internet Report and Order on March 12, 2015. And on March 23, two parties filed for review: the United States Telecom Association in the D.C. Circuit, Alamo Broadband in the Fifth Circuit. Presumably each had its own reasons for choosing its particular circuit. The D.C. Circuit has not been particularly kind to the FCC on the net neutrality front the first two times that issue has been before that Circuit, which suggests that maybe it’s the place for petitioners to go. But the FCC did, in the eyes of many, make some headway the last time around. That might suggest that petitioners shouldn’t give D.C. a third shot. Why the Fifth Circuit? Who knows?

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March 27, 2015 — FCC Flexes Its Indecency Muscle - Despite Long Hiatus and Unclear Standard

February 25, 2015 — FAA Throws in the Towel On FM Spectrum, Apparently

February 16, 2015 — Marriott Checks Out of Declaratory Ruling/Rulemaking Proceeding

February 13, 2015 — Reminder: Sponsorship ID's Required Even When the Government is the Sponsor

January 18, 2015 — Proposed MVPD Redefinition Out for Comment

January 7, 2015 — Top Ten Nonbroadcast Video Networks? The Winners Are ...

December 31, 2014 — Put It In Writing, Part II: Call for Comments on Closing Closed Captioning Loophole

December 17, 2014 — Now Available for Your Review and Comment: Form 2100, Schedule 381

December 10, 2014 — FAA to Ease (a little) Its System for Reporting Tower Light Outages

December 4, 2014 — FCC Invites Comments About Not-Yet-Available Spectrum Auction Form

November 29, 2014 — Unconsented-to Phone Call Recording + Unresponded-to Inquiry = $35,000 Penalty

November 23, 2014 — Finally Bringing Broadcast Contest Rules into the 21st Century?

September 14, 2014 — New Fast Lane in Open Internet Proceeding

September 4, 2014 — Issue-Oriented Spots: Who's The REAL Sponsor?

August 29, 2014 — 2014 Reg Fees Set, Payment Deadline Announced

August 15, 2014 — Update: Reply Comment Deadline Extended in Net Neutrality Proceeding

August 7, 2014 — Coming Soon: Online Public File Obligations for Cable, Satellite . . . AND Radio?

August 6, 2014 — What a Drag It Is . . .

July 20, 2014 — Aereo Loses First Round in Copyright Office, While Dish Wins its Next Round in the Ninth Circuit

July 16, 2014 — INCOMING! Commission's Net Neutrality Comment Conundrum

July 10, 2014 — It's ALIVE!!!! Aereo Lurches Back to Life, Sort of

July 6, 2014 — FCC Seeks Input on EAS Fixes

June 25, 2014 — Aereo Update: Supreme Court Rules for Broadcasters!

June 14, 2014 — 2014 Reg Fees Proposed: Good News for Radio, VHF TV; UHF TV, Not So Much

June 4, 2014 — Update: Revised CALM Act Rules Adopted

May 14, 2014 — An Anchor's Reminder About the Importance of Broadcast Emergency Alerts

May 6, 2014 — Drone Update: While FAA Continues to Swat at Drones, an Appeal of its Policy Takes Off

April 4, 2014 — TV Online Public File Update: Political File Exemption Set to Expire as of July 1

March 25, 2014 — Pursestrings 2014: New Application Fees Announced

March 20, 2014 — Non-English EAS? The FCC Wants to Hear From You!

March 3, 2014 — R.I.P.: Critical Information Needs Study

March 3, 2014 — This Should Get Your Attention II: Nearly $2 Million in Fines to Three Cable Companies for Fake EAS Attention Signals

February 19, 2014 — Utah Judge to Aereo: Not in this Circuit!

February 13, 2014 — OSHA to Tower Industry: Protect Your Workers

February 4, 2014 — Zombie Alert Redux

January 26, 2014 — Aereo Update: And the Question is . . .

January 10, 2014 — Aereo: Supreme Court Bound!

January 1, 2014 — Aereo Cert Day - January 13, 2014?

December 27, 2013 — D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge to Sunsetting of Viewability Rule

December 26, 2013 — FCC Looking to Expand Closed Captioning Requirement for IP-Delivered Programming

December 6, 2013 — Incentive Auction Update: Projected Auction Date Moved into 2015

December 5, 2013 — Ghost in the Machine?

December 3, 2013 — LPFM Update: Audio Division Issues Progress Report, Road Map

November 22, 2013 — Low Numbers for Low Power

November 19, 2013 — Key Bridge Global LLC Becomes Fourth "White Space" Coordinator to Win Approval

November 14, 2013 — Discount Daze Update: Comment Deadlines Announced in UHF Discount Proceeding

November 4, 2013 — Less Than a Year After Initial CALM Act Effective Date, a New CALM Act Standard Has Been Proposed

October 22, 2013 — LPFM Update: Finding Translator Input Info in the CDBS Database

September 29, 2013 — Biennial Form 323's: The filing window opens October 1

September 27, 2013 — Discount Daze! FCC Proposes Tossing UHF Discount, Creating VHF Discount

September 23, 2013 — Incentive Auction Update: Bureau Looks For Input on What Auction-Induced Reassignment Expenses Should be Reimbursable

September 9, 2013 — Net Neutrality 2013: The D.C. Circuit Hears the Arguments

September 6, 2013 — AereoKiller Cuffed Nationwide

August 28, 2013 — Aereokiller in the Ninth Circuit

August 15, 2013 — Update: CDBS Still Clutching the Same Old NADs

August 12, 2013 — 2013 Reg Fees Set

July 31, 2013 — Media Bureau to Singleton FM Translator Applicants: NOW you can file

July 16, 2013 — Aereo Update: Second Circuit Nixes En Banc Review

July 8, 2013 — Will LPFM Applications Have to Protect Amended FM Translator Applications?

July 7, 2013 — The CALM Act - Six Months and Counting

July 3, 2013 — Did Verizon Short its Customers - and the FCC - $250 million (or More)?

June 17, 2013 — FCC to LPFM Applicants: Let the Uploading Begin!

June 9, 2013 — Quad Erat Demonstrandum? FCC Seeks Comment on MMTC Study

June 1, 2013 — FEMA WEA PSA's 'R' OK!

May 24, 2013 — 2013 Reg Fees: The FCC Proposes a Couple of Alternatives

May 23, 2013 — FM Translator Application Update: Last Chance Settlement Window Opened

April 24, 2013 — Broadcast Renewal Trifecta: Improper "Menu" Underwriting Announcements, "Renewal Expectancy" . . . and Chesterfields!

April 10, 2013 — Cellular Wars: The Employees Strike Back!

April 10, 2013 — Aereo in the Second Circuit: Wha' Happened?

April 9, 2013 — Regulation in Retrospect: "New" FCC Rule Books Now Available

April 2, 2013 — Indecency Alert: New Unannounced "Egregiousness" Standard Now Apparently in Effect, But More Changes May Be On the Way, Eventually

March 15, 2013 — FM Translator Application Update: Bureau Announces Window for Filing of Preclusion Showings

March 10, 2013 — Audio Division to Permittees: Get License Applications Filed Within 30 Days of Permit Expiration . . . Or Else!

March 4, 2013 — Revised Form 323 Out for Comment at OMB

February 24, 2013 — The Five-Year Enforcement Shot Clock: Has the FCC Finally Begun to Acknowledge It?

February 15, 2013 — More FM Translator Applications Down the Tubes

February 11, 2013 — TVStudy: Changes in TV Coverage Calculations Devised For Incentive Auctions

February 7, 2013 — GAO Report: In Wake of Successful Hack of FCC Computer Systems, $10 Million Fix Ineffective

February 5, 2013 — Bureau Disposes of FM Translator Applications

January 31, 2013 — Some TV Broadcasters Relieved of Obligation to Upload Some (But Not All) Issues/Programs Lists to Online Public Inspection File

January 25, 2013 — Explosive Proposal: C4 for FM's?

January 15, 2013 — Form 323 - Kissing the SUFRN Good-bye?

January 3, 2013 — FM Translator Application Dismissal Lists - A Clarification

December 21, 2012 — Update: Deadline for FM Translator Dismissal Lists Announced

December 19, 2012 — Incognito Incentive Auction Input Encouraged

November 29, 2012 — Commissioner Pai: The Dude Abides.

October 27, 2012 — As Sandy Nears, FCC Provides Emergency Response Information

September 30, 2012 — More Online TV Public Inspection File How-To's: The Issues/Programs List

September 28, 2012 — Online TV Public Inspection File - Some How-To's

August 28, 2012 — ivi TV Loses Round Two

August 23, 2012 — Update: USPTO to Take Another Look at Mission Abstract Patent

August 1, 2012 — Another Day, Another Online Public File Demonstration

July 18, 2012 — FCC Still Clenching Improperly Collected Application Fees

July 12, 2012 — Update: Aereo Allowed to Continue Operation During Copyright Challenge

July 6, 2012 — The CRB Dodges an Appointments Clause Bullet

July 3, 2012 — Effective Date of Revised TV Public File Rule Announced

June 29, 2012 — Update: Supremes Shut Down FCC Appeal in Janet Jackson Case

June 21, 2012 — FCC v. Fox: Heading Back to the Second Circuit, Again

May 28, 2012 — Audio Division Re-Affirms Ruling: Studio Site Moves Based on Longley-Rice Must Be Approved in Advance

May 17, 2012 — Don't Touch That REC button . . .

May 16, 2012 — Media Access Project Exits Stage Left

May 4, 2012 — 2012 Reg Fees Proposed: Up, Up and Away!

April 17, 2012 — "What a Beautiful Sight!"

April 13, 2012 — LPFM Tool Time!

April 6, 2012 — LPFM - The Next Generation: FCC Invites Comment on Post-LCRA Regulation of LoPos

April 5, 2012 — Third-Adjacent LPFM Spacings Eliminated (Almost)

April 2, 2012 — Translate This! FCC Breaks LPFM/FM Translator Logjam

March 8, 2012 — Net Neutrality Update: The D.C. Circuit Goes Through the Motions

February 6, 2012 — In Memoriam: Nai Tam

January 20, 2012 — FCC STILL Applies Over-the-Air Contest Rules to On-Line Contests

December 22, 2011 — Reminder: EAS Nationwide Test Form 3's Are Due December 27

December 5, 2011 — Commission to Contest-Conducting Stations: Present Prizes Pronto!

November 7, 2011 — Update: FCC Tweaks Nationwide EAS Test Reports, Again

November 3, 2011 — Update: The Incredible Shrinking Nationwide EAS Test

November 2, 2011 — Indecency 2011: Third Circuit Sides With CBS, Again

November 1, 2011 — Update: FCC Tweaking Nationwide EAS Test On-Line Reporting System

November 1, 2011 — Nationwide EAS Test Reports - Some Questions Raised, Some Answered

October 25, 2011 — Preview: Electronic Report Form for Nationwide EAS Test Participants

October 13, 2011 — Reefer Madness III: Feds Looking to Bust Broadcasters?

October 9, 2011 — Reefer Madness II: Update on "Joint" Sales Advertising

October 6, 2011 — Net Neutrality: The Circuits are Jammed!

September 30, 2011 — Form 323 - The Fun Begins Again

September 25, 2011 — Media Bureau Green Lights MDCL Technology for AM Stations

August 23, 2011 — Form 323 Deadline Extended to December 1, 2011

August 17, 2011 — Update: Public Inspection File Inquiry Arrives at OMB

August 2, 2011 — Spectrum Quest (Home Edition)

July 22, 2011 — 2011 Reg Fees Set

July 18, 2011 — New CALM Act Standard Coming! (Take an Extra Six Days for Those Reply Comments)

June 28, 2011 — For Years FCC Ignores Own Rule, Pockets Filing Fees

June 27, 2011 — First Amendment Face-off: Supremes To Consider Constitutionality of FCC Indecency Regime

June 20, 2011 — "I See Dead Proceedings."

May 30, 2011 — The CALM Act: The Next Step

May 26, 2011 — Field Office: Public File Faux Pas Not Fixed? Forfeiture Figures To Be Higher!

May 17, 2011 — Court To FCC: OK To Defer To State Rate Determinations Re Intrastate Call Terminations

May 13, 2011 — Consent Decree Is Beginning, Not End, Of Licensee's Troubles

May 11, 2011 — LPFM Impact Inquiry Initiated

May 3, 2011 — 2011 Reg Fees Proposed: Going Up!

May 2, 2011 — LPFM Cheerleader to FCC: Let Translators Originate

April 22, 2011 — Shut Up And Deal

April 17, 2011 — Public Inspection File Rule: FCC Asks If It's Really Necessary

April 9, 2011 — Spectrum Inventory Tools: Touts And Doubts

April 7, 2011 — Update: Effective Date Of New Rural Radio Rules Set

April 5, 2011 — Verizon v. FCC: On To Plan C?

March 4, 2011 — Pursestrings 2011: New Application Fees Announced

March 1, 2011 — To Serve Broadcasters*

February 21, 2011 — Old Complaints Never Die . . . And They Apparently Don't Fade Away, Either

February 13, 2011 — Coming Attractions: FCC Webinars Touting Spectrum Re-Purposing

February 11, 2011 — Striving For Perfection

February 9, 2011 — Net Neutrality Update: Coming soon - OMB Review!

February 7, 2011 — Time To Doublecheck Your BAS Data In ULS?

February 3, 2011 — Verizon v. FCC: On To Plan B?

January 21, 2011 — Net Neutrality: Verizon Looks For A Home Court Advantage

January 17, 2011 — . . . and statistics."

January 5, 2011 — Local Community Radio Act - It's The Law!

January 4, 2011 — NYPD (Not Too) Blue Moon

December 27, 2010 — Bootstraps Auction Preference Under Consideration

December 20, 2010 — Christmas Comes Early For LPFMs

December 4, 2010 — Auction 91 - The Dates Are Set

November 23, 2010 — FCC Doffs CAP Requirement . . . For Six Months, At Least

November 12, 2010 — Some Fine Points About Fining

November 7, 2010 — "Our Survey Said . . . " - Update

November 5, 2010 — "Our Survey Said . . ."

October 22, 2010 — S. 592, Where Are You?

October 13, 2010 — FCC Takes Wraps Off Revised Broadcast Renewal Form

October 5, 2010 — Longley-Rice Dependent Studio Site? No Prior Authorization? $7K, Please!

September 13, 2010 — Broadcasters Beware: Non-Operation Could Lead To Non-Renewal

August 24, 2010 — Contest Faux Pas: A Day Early, $4K Short

August 9, 2010 — STELA NPRMs On Fast Track

August 6, 2010 — S. 3756: Another Thumbs Up For Auction Proceeds Sharing

August 3, 2010 — FAA Backs Off Proposal To Expand EMI-Based Review Of Radio Applications

August 1, 2010 — H.R. 5947: Another Order Of Carrot, Please - This Time Hold The Stick

July 20, 2010 — S. 3610: The Carrot And The Stick Make Their Appearance

July 16, 2010 — Indecency In A Post-Fox World: What's Up Next?

July 12, 2010 — Form 323: SSN Disclosure Requirement Largely Written Out Of Form In Last-Minute Revision

July 9, 2010 — 2010 Reg Fee Surprise

July 5, 2010 — Form 323: The Court Weighs In

June 25, 2010 — Form 323: Point/Counterpoint

June 15, 2010 — Form 323 Update: FCC Has Some 'Splaining To Do

May 19, 2010 — Compromise Tower Agreement - For The Birds

May 18, 2010 — Supreme Court Mum On Must-Carry Market Mod

April 8, 2010 — Revised Form 323 Available - April 9, 2010

March 31, 2010 — Turn-Of-The-Century NCE Translator Applications Dismissed

March 14, 2010 — Cable Programming Exclusivity Ban Survives Appeal . . . But For How Long?

March 12, 2010 — Retransmission In Transition?

February 19, 2010 — A Complaint Process Is Born!

February 4, 2010 — Extreme Makeover (Not!) - Radio Edition

February 1, 2010 — Help Wanted? Help Needed?

January 13, 2010 — The Good Kind of Snowe Job

December 24, 2009 — Court Review Of Revised Form 323 Is Sought As Bureau Suspends January 11 Deadline

December 9, 2009 — Presenting The New Form 323!!!

December 3, 2009 — Wireless Broadband vs. Over-The-Air TV: The Bell Rings For The Main Spectrum Event

November 30, 2009 — FHH to FCC: Think Again

November 19, 2009 — MMTC To FCC: Rethink Form 323

November 17, 2009 — FHH To FCC: "Stay"

October 30, 2009 — Deadline For Filing New Form 323: December 15

October 29, 2009 — Moment Method Modeling: Update V

October 26, 2009 — Power To The Parents Redux

October 23, 2009 — Vacant NCE-FM Reserved Channel Window Postponed Two Months

October 21, 2009 — Revised 323 Approved By OMB

October 18, 2009 — Brrrrrrr - The Chill Is On

October 18, 2009 — FCC Announces Window For Vacant NCE-Reserved Channels

October 2, 2009 — Biennial Ownership Report (Form 323) Deadline Extended

September 21, 2009 — Coming Soon: Mobile Spam?

September 9, 2009 — FCC Invites Comments On "Ratchet Rule" Proposal

September 4, 2009 — Rackley/Dawson Propose Deep-Sixing The "Ratchet Rule"

September 2, 2009 — "Contrarian"? Au Contraire!

September 1, 2009 — Update: AM on FM Translator Rules Become Effective October 1, 2009

August 30, 2009 — Court Kiboshes Cable Cap

August 19, 2009 — Revised Form 323 Revealed

August 17, 2009 — Meanwhile, Back At The Second Circuit . . .

August 12, 2009 — Impaired Transparency?

August 10, 2009 — Responding To A False Alarm?

July 31, 2009 — 2009 Reg Fees Set

July 24, 2009 — 8th Floor Access Control

July 22, 2009 — Auction 79 - Up-Front Payments Due July 31

July 9, 2009 — Adventures in EEO-Land

June 27, 2009 — FCC to NCE's: Ixnay on the "Cold Refreshing Beer"

June 21, 2009 — Caution, E-Filers: The FCC Knows Who You Are!

June 19, 2009 — HD Radio Upgrade: FCC Concentrates and Asks Again

June 11, 2009 — Plus Ça Change, Plus C'est la Même Chose

June 5, 2009 — Court Affirms LPFM-Friendly Rules

June 4, 2009 — Post-Transition DTV Call Sign Protocol Announced

June 3, 2009 — Any Time At All

May 29, 2009 — Late Breaking News: June-October, 2009, Form 323 Reporting Requirement Suspended

May 28, 2009 — More Comments Invited On Proposed HD Radio Power Increase

May 21, 2009 — PPM Inquiry: A Can of Worms?

May 11, 2009 — 50,000,000 Birds Can't Be Wrong . . . Can They?

May 11, 2009 — Found In Translation

May 7, 2009 — New Ownership Report, Audit Designs Left To Bureau

April 29, 2009 — FCC v. Fox - The Supreme Court Rules

April 21, 2009 — Spectrum Auction Bidders In Qui Tam Scam Jam

April 17, 2009 — Brrrrrrr - FCC Announces Freezes On FM Mods

April 17, 2009 — Auction 79 - The Dates Are Set

April 9, 2009 — New Ownership Reporting Rules Adopted As Commissioners Seek "Diversity"

April 7, 2009 — STAT!! Timely Filing of CP Extension/Assignment Applications Becomes Crucial

April 2, 2009 — Nightlight, Pink Slips

March 25, 2009 — Audio Division Addresses Environmental Assessment Requirements

March 19, 2009 — LPFM Stuck With $20K Fine for "Advertisements"

March 3, 2009 — Power to the Parents?

February 21, 2009 — Another Friday Night, Another DTV Order

February 17, 2009 — Washington's Birthday Special: Another DTV Public Notice!!!

February 11, 2009 — DTV Transition Update - 680+ Analogs Set To Turn Off Early

February 9, 2009 — DTV Extension: It Ain't Over 'Til The Paperwork's . . .

February 5, 2009 — Moment Method Modeling: Update IV

February 4, 2009 — DTV Extension? June 12 Is Looking Like The New Date!

February 2, 2009 — Don't Look Now, But You're STILL Being Watched (Update II)

January 27, 2009 — DTV Extension? Senate Says June 12!

January 23, 2009 — A New (well, sort of new) Sheriff In Town

January 20, 2009 — Departing Martin Takes 31 Parting Shots At Cable

January 11, 2009 — DTV Transition Extension - The Line(s) From Vegas

January 9, 2009 — Moment Method Modeling: Update III

January 8, 2009 — DTV Transition Extension: What's the Over/Under?

January 5, 2009 — NTIA Wait Lists Coupon Requests

December 30, 2008 — In the Starting Blocks: Replacement Translator Spectrum Rush Set to Kick Off On January 5

December 27, 2008 — "Analog Nightlight" Service Standards Proposed

December 22, 2008 — Moment Method Modeling: Update II

December 19, 2008 — Antennas: When is an Omni Not an Omni?

December 11, 2008 — Comment Deadlines Set In FCC Tower Inquiry

December 10, 2008 — Postcard from the Sausage Factory

November 19, 2008 — DIGITAL TV TRANSITION Ford Fusion Doesn't Crash in Final Race!!!!

November 10, 2008 — On Fire, DIGITAL TV TRANSITION Ford Fusion Takes to the Airways - Literally

November 3, 2008 — Moment Method Modeling: Update

November 3, 2008 — Court Rejects Attack On DTV Transition-related "Viewability" Rules For Cable Operators

October 24, 2008 — Comments Invited on Proposed HD Radio Power Increase

October 23, 2008 — Still Searching for Mr. Goodwrench?

October 20, 2008 — Number 38 Crashes, Leaving FCC at 0-1 on the NASCAR Circuit

October 17, 2008 — L'Affaire NASCAR: The Yellow Caution Flag Comes Out

October 17, 2008 — The FCC Heads For the Pit

October 7, 2008 — Update: The FCC Is Not Watching You Anymore (or so they have told us)

September 28, 2008 — FCC Considers Regulating Construction of Towers (and Possibly Other Structures) Near AM Antennas

September 28, 2008 — Moment Method Modeling Manumits AMers From Measurement Manacles

September 23, 2008 — Application Fees: Up, Up and Away!

September 16, 2008 — Don't Look Now, But You're Being Watched . . .

September 9, 2008 — Ordure in the Court?

September 3, 2008 — Deadlines Set For 700 MHz Comments

August 26, 2008 — Deadline for Reg Fee Payment Set

August 22, 2008 — FCC Whacks 700 (MHz) Club

August 20, 2008 — The Reg Fee Payment Window Is Open

August 19, 2008 — The Commissioners Are Coming!! The Commissioners Are Coming!!

August 14, 2008 — 2008 Reg Fees Adopted

August 12, 2008 — A Midsummer Surprise From The FCC: A Revised Version Of The Public and Broadcasting!!!

June 27, 2008 — Embedded advertising in the cross-hairs

June 23, 2008 — A Legacy for Broadcasters

June 6, 2008 — FCC Seeks Comment on MPAA's "SOC" Request

April 8, 2008 — FCC to Translator Applicants: "Never Mind"

March 3, 2008 — Supremes Keep Us Hangin' On

February 12, 2008 — FCC to fee payers: "Show me" the money

January 2, 2008 — DTV Update: FCC Releases Third Periodic Review

December 28, 2007 — D.C. Circuit Dismisses Appeals of Junk Fax Rule Revisions

December 4, 2007 — Court to FCC: Classification of Certain Prepaid Calling Cards As "Telecommunications Services" Must Be Retroactive

November 28, 2007 — BACK TO THE FUTURE!!

November 13, 2007 — Martin Single-handedly Seeks To Solve Ownership Impasse

November 8, 2007 — Expedited Settlement Opportunity for NCE FM Applicants Available Until January 7, 2008

October 30, 2007 — Broadcast localism hearing - trick or treat?

October 11, 2007 — FCC to NCE Applicants: Ten's the Limit

August 29, 2007 — Elvis has left the building

August 9, 2007 — FCC Proposes Caps for October NCE Filing Window

August 9, 2007 — Found in Translation: Daytimers Going Nighttime

August 9, 2007 — Fedsox Drop Bombs, 13-6; Bombs Catch Crabs in Nightcap

August 3, 2007 — FHH Bombs disarmed at last minute

August 2, 2007 — $20,000 Fine for False Certification

July 27, 2007 — F-Bombs Blast Wilkinson

July 17, 2007 — Rockets spike Warren Communications

July 4, 2007 — Bombs Misfire

June 28, 2007 — Taking Precedent Siriusly?

June 28, 2007 — Bombs Fall at the Jeff

June 5, 2007 — Commentary: The FCC As Holden Caulfield

June 4, 2007 — Second Circuit Trashes FCC Indecency Policy

June 2, 2007 — FCC Introduces New EAS Rules

May 23, 2007 — FCC Considering Moment Method Modeling in lieu of Field Strength Measurements for Directional AM Applicants

May 16, 2007 — Cable Guy to Feds: Let's Kiss the FCC Goodbye

May 16, 2007 — Tower Inspection Requirement Waived for Eagle, HARK Systems