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

More developments in the realm of Internet retransmission of OTA signals.

Aereo – the gift that keeps on giving, at least when it comes to blogworthy content. As we reported, after it got its clock cleaned at the Supreme Court, Aereo bounced back with Plan B, which amounted to declaring itself (a) a cable system and, thus, (b) eligible for the compulsory copyright license granted to cable systems. But you can’t just say “I’m a cable system” and expect anybody to believe you. So Aereo went ahead with some of the paperwork required of f’real cable operators; among other things, it filed a bunch (14, to be exact) of Statements of Accounts with the U.S. Copyright Office, along with some royalty and fee payments amounting to the princely sum of $5,310.74.

A nice gesture, but wouldn’t you know it, the Copyright Office (CO) was not inclined to play along with the gambit. In a brief letter dated July 16, 2014, the CO let Aereo know that, as far as the CO is concerned, Aereo is not a cable system entitled to the compulsory license. As it turns out, more than a decade ago the CO had concluded that “internet retransmission of broadcast television fall outside the scope” of the compulsory license. That’s bad news for Aereo, whose system is firmly – indeed, exclusively – based on Internet retransmission.

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INCOMING! Commission's Net Neutrality Comment Conundrum

As comments pile up in the Open Internet proceeding, straining the FCC’s systems, a post on the Commission’s blog got us thinking about transparency.

On July 14, 2014 – the day before the original deadline for initial comments in the Open Internet (a/k/a Net Neutrality) proceeding – in the spirit of transparency the FCC’s Chief Information Officer took to the Commission’s blog to tout the agency’s ability to track the numbers of comments flooding in over the transom. According to a couple of files linked in his post, the Commission had received nearly 170,000 Net Neutrality comments submitted electronically through ECFS (the FCC's online filing system), and another 442,000 or so by email. Those numbers are a moving target, though, and the target is only moving up: according to a post on ArsTechnica, by 11:00 a.m. on July 15, the tally was up to about 670,000.

It will doubtless go well beyond that, once ECFS comes back to life. The ArsTechnica post indicates that ECFS had crashed; our own observations here in the CommLawBlog bunker lent credence to that report, although the FCC conceded only that the “overwhelming surge” in traffic has “ma[de] it difficult” for some folks to file. As a result, the deadline for filing Net Neutrality comments has been extended to “midnight Friday, July 18”. (BTW – we confirmed with the FCC that they mean 11:59 p.m. (ET) on July 18.)

Keeping track of the influx of comments is presumably useful at some level, and the FCC’s ability to do so – apparently even on an hour-by-hour basis – is to be commended. But that ability is of, at best, secondary interest. When Katrina struck New Orleans, local residents may have been interested in precisely how much water was coming over the levees, whether by the minute or the hour or the day. But they were certainly more interested in how that water, however much water there was, was going to be disposed of.

Which brings us to some back-of-the-hand calculations.

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It's ALIVE!!!! Aereo Lurches Back to Life, Sort of

Trying to make lemonade out of the lemon handed to it by the Supreme Court, Aereo has come up with Plan B.

The best stories never really end when you think they’re going to, do they? There’s always a nifty twist that keeps the plot chugging along.

So we really didn’t expect that the Supreme Court’s decision was the last word in the Aereo case, did we?

And right we were.

After pulling the plug on its service within a couple of days after taking a seeming knock-out punch from the Supreme Court, Aereo has come up with a plan. According to a letter filed by Aereo with Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (where the Aereo saga first got our attention back in 2012), Aereo is now a cable company that is entitled – by Congress, thank you very much – to retransmit over-the-air broadcast programming. As long, that is, as Aereo files the necessary “statements of account” and “royalty fees”required of cable systems. And in its letter Aereo advises that it “is proceeding” to file just those items.

Following the adage about making lemonade when handed lemons, Aereo has taken the Supreme Court’s decision and tried to turn it to Aereo’s advantage. Since the Supremes said that Aereo is “highly similar” to a conventional cable company, well then (according to Aereo), Aereo is a cable system and, therefore, “is entitled to a license” under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.

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FCC Seeks Input on EAS Fixes

Problems with the EAS system surfaced in the 2011 nationwide test; now the Commission is looking to fix them, but it could take a while and be pricey for EAS participants.

Following up on the request for comments released last September, the Commission has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a number of possible changes to its Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules in the wake of the first-ever national EAS test conducted nearly three years ago.

While the test went reasonably well, all things considered, it did reveal a number of rough spots that need smoothing over. A couple of the problems involve header codes; others relate to the accessibility of messages, particularly for those with disabilities. Despite the fact that the changes may seem minor, though, they could impose some hefty new costs on EAS participants – so attention should be paid.

As to the header codes, first some explanation. The EAS system is, of course, a “daisy-chain” arrangement by which alerts percolate down through EAS participants and out to the public. An EAS alert – real or test – is triggered when a message is sent by an authorized person or office. The message contains a “header” consisting of certain coded components that permit EAS equipment down the daisy-chain to identify the originator of the message, the type of event in question, the geographic area affected by the alert and other useful information. It is obviously important that this coded information – particularly the “event” and “location codes” – be interpreted correctly by EAS gear downstream so that the message is accurately transmitted to the audience.

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Aereo Update: Supreme Court Rules for Broadcasters!

The Supreme Court has decided the Aereo case! And the answer is (dramatic drum roll): The Supremes, in a 6-3 vote, have reversed the Second Circuit’s decision – which means that the broadcasters have won this round.

You can read the two opinions (those would be Justice Breyer's majority and Justice Scalia's dissent) here. We are hunkering down here in the CommLawBlog bunker to take a careful look at the opinions, which run to 35 pages in toto; we’ll be posting our analysis once we’ve had a chance to digest it. (In the meantime, feel free to read the inevitable accounts in the Main Stream Media, but don’t take them as gospel. Wait for us to chime in.)

For all of you who were, in anticipation of the decision, engaging in intra-office competitions (in the nature of “pools”, but purely recreational and not amounting in any way to “gambling”), here are some aspects of the decision that may be of interest:

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

It happens every spring: the annual announcement of proposed regulatory fees that the FCC’s regulatees will be called upon to shell out toward the end of summer. While the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) laying out the proposed fees has in recent years tended to pop up in early May (or even April, back in 2010), the Commission is running a tad late this time around. 

Never fear – the proposed 2014 reg fees are here!

While the final figures (usually adopted in July or early August, payable in late August or September) may vary here and there from the proposals, generally any changes will be minor. The issuance of this year’s 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).

There’s some interesting news for both TV folks and radio folks in the FCC’s proposals.

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Update: Revised CALM Act Rules Adopted

The rules implementing the CALM Act have been changed. But don’t worry: the revised version won’t take effect for another year.

The CALM Act, designed to make LOUD COMMERCIALS a thing of the past, was enacted in late 2010. The Commission diligently undertook the necessary follow-up rulemaking to implement the Act. The resulting rules were adopted in December, 2011; they took effect in December, 2012, per the schedule dictated by Congress.

And, as we reported last year, by 2013 the rules already had to be amended.

That led to a further rulemaking proceeding which has now been concluded. Since Congress gave the FCC no discretion in the matter, the rule changes proposed last fall have been adopted.

If you want more background on all this, check out our post from last November. The short version: The CALM Act ordered the FCC to incorporate into its rules ATSC A/85 Recommended Practice (RP), a standard for monitoring and controlling the loudness level of digital TV programming. At the time, the latest and greatest version of that RP was vintage 2011, so that’s the one the FCC adopted. But, recognizing that standards and technology are constantly evolving, Congress also ordered the FCC to update its rules to incorporate any subsequent changes to the RP.

Sure enough, the RP was updated in early 2013, which meant that the FCC had to do likewise with its rules.

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An Anchor's Reminder About the Importance of Broadcast Emergency Alerts

Noted with CommLawBlog approval: TV anchor Nancy Naeve gives churlish audience members what for.

When it comes to emergency alerts about, e.g., dangerous, fast-approaching, weather conditions, a broadcaster’s lot is not enviable. It is often difficult simply to marshal, in very short order, the important details and reduce them to reliable words and images that can be grasped quickly and accurately by the audience. There are regulatory concerns: even the best-intentioned broadcaster doing his or her utmost to get the word out to the public can be unpleasantly whacked after the fact by the FCC for an inadvertent failure to comply 100.000% with certain regulatory requirements. (You can find examples here, here, here, here or here.) And let’s not forget members of the audience, occasionally ungracious and unappreciative, who call to complain when emergency reports interrupt their favorite program.

In other words, broadcasters might have considerable reason not to jump at the opportunity to break into their programming with bad news about bad weather.

Still, emergency alerts save lives and property. It is difficult to conceive of a public service of greater importance. And despite the difficulties and risks to their own operations, broadcasters have historically stepped up to the plate over and over again to serve their audiences in this valuable way.

We say all this because the video clip below caught our attention this morning.

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

FAA “looks into” commercial drone use while Texas group seeks D.C. Circuit review of FAA drone policies.

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the FAA’s efforts to discourage the use of drones a/k/a “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (UAS) a/k/a model aircraft. We have a couple of updates on that front.

First, in the aftermath of the recent spate of tornadoes that ripped through the South, it’s been reported that the FAA is investigating a “storm chaser and videographer” who used a drone to document the effects of a tornado in Arkansas. The captured images were apparently used by a Little Rock TV station in its coverage of the storm damage. According to a report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the FAA “is looking into” the station’s use of the drone-acquired footage. (The report also indicates that other Arkansas stations are using drones, although whether the FAA is “looking into” their drone use is not clear.) Since post-storm damage assessment is a use for which drones are especially well-suited – a use which reduces the need for exposing additional personnel to potentially dangerous circumstances – the FAA’s vaguely menacing consideration of that use seems a bit churlish.

But if you really want churlish, check out our second update.

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TV Online Public File Update: Political File Exemption Set to Expire as of July 1

Media Bureau “reminder” seems to eliminate any hope of extension of exemption for non-Top Four affiliates outside of top 50 DMAs.

If you’re a TV licensee who doesn’t happen to be either (a) in any of the top 50 DMAs or (b) affiliated with one of the top four commercial networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC), we’ve got some news for you: it looks like you’ll be having to upload all your new (but none of your old) political file data to your online public inspection file starting July 1, 2014.

That, at least, is the unmistakable take-away message from a public notice issued by the Media Bureau.

The notice reminds one and all of a wrinkle the Commission included when it imposed the online public file requirement for TV licensees back in 2012. At that time, the obligation to upload the political file component of each station’s public file was limited to Top Four affiliates in the top 50 DMAs. All other stations were still required to maintain a political public file, but only on paper, as they had done for years.

In 2012, the Commission said the exemption would be good only until July 1, 2014. BUT the FCC held out at least a glimmer of hope that the exemption might be extended: in 2013 the Media Bureau was to invite comments on whether “any changes [to the online political file rule] should be made before it takes effect for the other stations.” The Bureau dutifully solicited comments in June, 2013 and, as we reported last year, the response was less than overwhelming.

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Older Entries

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