Peter Tannenwald Honored by WAMU Radio

We are very proud to congratulate our own Peter Tannenwald on being recognized by American University Radio in Washington, DC. for his many years of work with radio station WAMU, the local NPR affiliate found on 88.5 FM. Peter was presented with a ceremonial (but functioning) microphone at the WAMU Community Council meeting on May 8 and was feted with some very kind words from station leadership.

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New Developments in Broadband – April

Broadband on Capitol Hill

Although optimism for a broadband infrastructure spending bill this year is fading, it is still a possibility.  Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Pelosi (D‑CA) plan met with President Trump today  to discuss infrastructure legislation.  Schumer recently said that an overall infrastructure plan (including broadband and traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges) would need to be “at least $1 trillion.”  Pelosi has said she would like to see funding “closer to $2 trillion.”  Reports from the meeting are that President Trump agreed to seek a deal on the $2 trillion dollar figure.  While this was suprising, how to fund such a package continues to be a sticking point.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (who was not at today’s meeting), reportedly again rejected an increase in the gas tax and reversal of last year’s tax cuts as a potential source of funding.

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Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for May-July

Broadcast Deadlines:

April 29, 2019:

Quadrennial Review of Broadcast Ownership Rules – Comments are due with regard to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (MB Docket 18-349, FCC-18-179A1) which initiated the required 2018 Quadrennial Review of broadcast ownership rules.

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Now Available: “Navigating the Online Public Inspection File” Webinar

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth’s Frank Montero, Steve Lovelady, and Dan Kirkpatrick recently presented a webinar about Online Public Inspection Files (OPIFs). The webinar, in collaboration with the broadcast associations of Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee in addition to the Public Radio Regional Organizations, covered a variety of topics, including how to set up an OPIF, what documents and materials need to be uploaded, and the consequences of non-compliance at FCC license renewal time. If you watched our 2017 OPIF webinar, this latest webinar will provide updates since then.

If you didn’t catch the webinar live or just want to go over the presentation in more detail, you can download and print the presentation’s PowerPoint slides here. You may also watch the full video recording of the webinar on YouTube. Of course, if you have any more questions about OPIFs or the license renewal process, please contact us.

Radio Stations’ FCC License Renewal Cycle Starts Again

Has it been eight years already?  It’s hard to believe, but yes – the license renewal cycle for radio stations is about to start over again, with preparatory on-air announcements already in progress.  The TV cycle will start next year.

In a Public Notice released today, The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or the “Commission”) Media Bureau announced revisions to the application process for this latest radio license renewal cycle.

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Deadline for Submission of Information on Earth Station Use of the 3.7 – 4.2 GHz Band

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) issued a Public Notice on April 11, 2019 (DA 19-278) in the proceeding relating to the use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band (referred to as the “C-band”).  In its July 13, 2018 Order, the Commission announced that it would issue an information collection requirement for earth stations regarding their current use of the C-band.  The requirements for the information collection were finally announced in the Public Notice establishing the information required for the different types of operations and the requirement that the information must be filed electronically by May 28, 2019.

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FCC Poses New Questions to Improve Secondary Market Spectrum Transactions

On March 15, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on how the Commission can improve its secondary market rules for spectrum transactions. Specifically, the FCC wants to know whether and how it can improve its secondary market rules to get more spectrum in the hands of small carriers for deployment in rural areas. While improving the FCC’s secondary market rules is something all the Commissioners generally support, the FCC released the NPRM to satisfy its obligation under the MOBILE NOW Act. The Act became law on March 23, 2018, and required the FCC to initiate a proceeding to consider improvements to the Commission’s rules related to spectrum partition and disaggregation.

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FCC Pops Lid off Spectrum High End

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) has opened a new frontier in the amount of spectrum available for unlicensed and experimental operations, adopting rules covering frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz (3,000 GHz).

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Some Stations are Granted Relief From Duplicative DTV Transition Reports

Full Power and Class A TV stations that are changing channels as part of the TV spectrum repack and are scheduled to transition in Phases 3, 5, and 8 have been granted relief from the obligation to file what would otherwise be duplicative transition reports close together in time. Full power and Class A stations that are not changing channels do not have to file any transition reports; nor are reports required from any Low Power TV or TV Translator stations, regardless of whether or not they are changing channels. Continue Reading