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FCC Announces Procedures and Deadlines for Upcoming Auction of Full Power TV Construction Permits

The FCC announced this week that Auction 112, an auction of 27 construction permits for full power TV stations, is set to begin on June 7, 2022.  The auction procedures were set forth in a Public Notice, and participation will require certification that “the applicant has read the public notice adopting procedures for the auction … Continue Reading

FCC Set to Decide Fate of Idaho License

The Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on stations that are off the air for a majority of its license term.  In June of 2021, Snake River Radio, LLC, applied to renew the license of KPCQ (AM) in Chubbuck, Idaho. However, the FCC’s review of the application and station records found that the station had … Continue Reading

Sohn FCC Confirmation Hearing Rescheduled

On February 2, 2022, FCC nominee Gigi Sohn was to attend a nomination hearing, but after Democratic Senator Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico suffered a stroke, the Senate Commerce Committee rescheduled Sohn’s hearing. The rescheduled nomination hearing will be on February 9, 2022, and will likely address concerns over Sohn’s former position on the … Continue Reading

FCC REVISES POLITICAL PROGRAMMING AND ADVERTISING RULES

Today, the FCC released a Report and Order (Order), updating the political programming and recordkeeping rules for broadcast licensees, cable television system operators, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service providers, and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) licensees.  The Order revises the definition of “legally qualified candidate for public office” to add the use of social … Continue Reading

FCC License Renewal Applications due on February 1st for Radio Stations in New York and New Jersey, and TV stations in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma

FCC License renewal applications and associated EEO Program Reports are due on or before Tuesday, February 1st for radio licensees located in New Jersey and New York and television licensees in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Radio and television stations must file renewals regardless of commercial or noncommercial status in the FCC’s licensing Management System (LMS).  Both television and radio … Continue Reading

Attention Webcasters: January 31 Deadline for Filing Minimum Fee for Webcasting is Rapidly Approaching

The January 31, 2022 deadline for filing your annual minimum fee and related statement of account with SoundExchange under the webcasting statutory licenses under 17 U.S.C. § 112 and 114 allowing radio broadcasters and others to stream sound recordings (the “statutory licenses”) is just around the corner.  The easiest way to pay this fee is to … Continue Reading

Political Broadcast Rules on the Agenda for FCC’s January Open Meeting

On January 27, 2022, the FCC will hold its monthly open meeting. The meeting will address increasing the transparency of internet access service providers, amending the definition of a library to clarify that Tribal libraries are eligible for support from the E-Rate program, and resolving issues associated with white space devices and databases. The most … Continue Reading

Beasley Media Looking at $20k Fine for Airing Radio Show with EAS Tones

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC $20,000.00 after KDWN(AM) in Las Vegas, Nevada apparently transmitted Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) Tones during one of its radio shows – without there being an actual emergency, EAS test, or PSA. Broadcasters … Continue Reading

Now your renewal is filed….don’t forget your post-filing announcements.

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice listing radio and television licensees from whom the FCC has accepted applications for license renewal filed on or before the December 1 deadline.  Radio licensees located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and television licensees in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, … Continue Reading

Broadcasters Check your Online Public File Links!

Recently, many broadcasters have been discovering that their stations’ on-line public file hyperlinks are failing to connect.  We have learned that this is likely due to recent modifications to the FCC’s internal servers. The hyperlinks currently direct viewers to a webpage that reads as follows: “We’re Sorry. We couldn’t find the page you were looking … Continue Reading

December 1st and Television License Renewal Deadlines

FCC License renewal applications and associated EEO Program Reports are due on or before Wednesday, December 1st for radio licensees located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and television licensees in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Radio and television stations must file renewals regardless of commercial or noncommercial … Continue Reading

Broadcast Deadlines

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for December – February December 1, 2021 Biennial Ownership Reports – All licensees and entities holding an attributable interest in a licensee of one or more AM, FM, TV, Class A television, and/or Low Power TV (LPTV) stations must file a biennial ownership report reflecting information as of October … Continue Reading

2021 Biennial Ownership Reports

It’s that time of (every other) year again – The FCC announced that the filing window has opened and Biennial Ownership reports are due Wednesday, December 1st 2021. Every odd-numbered year, the FCC collects information about the owners of commercial and noncommercial licensees of broadcast stations. The FCC collects this data to ensure that the … Continue Reading

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for May – July

Broadcast Deadlines: June 1, 2021 Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming must be filed in Licensing and Management System (LMS). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report (EEO), also … Continue Reading

Dates Announced for Non-Commercial Educational Station Filing Window 

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that the next Full Power Non-Commercial Educational Station (“NCE”) Filing Window would take place from November 2, 2021 to November 9, 2021. Those that wish to apply must file a Form 2100, Schedule 340 electronically through the FCC’s Licensing & Management System (“LMS”). The FCC is limiting each … Continue Reading

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for April – June

Broadcast Deadlines: April 1, 2021 Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Texas must be filed in Licensing and Management System (LMS). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report (EEO), also filed in LMS, regardless of the number … Continue Reading

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for March – May

Broadcast Deadlines: March 12, 2021 NPRM: Permit FM Booster Stations to Transmit Geo-Targeted Content – Reply Comments are due in response to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with regard to possible changes to the booster station rules that could enable FM broadcasters to use FM booster stations to … Continue Reading

ATSC 3.0 Order Encourages the Deployment of Broadcast Internet Services

On December 10, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released a Report and Order that is intended to encourage further deployment of the ATSC 3.0 Next Generation Television Standard (ATSC 3.0), and particularly to facilitate the expansion of new and innovative ancillary and supplementary “Broadcast Internet” services by noncommercial educational (NCE) stations. … Continue Reading

Offense Not Limited to the Field: The NFL’s Aggressive Push To Protect Its Trademarks

It’s that time of year again when the biggest event in professional football triggers all sorts of questions from broadcasters and advertisers about how that event may be mentioned in broadcast programming.  You guessed it:  I’m talking about the Super Bowl. Most people have undoubtedly heard the Super Bowl referred to as “the Big Game” … Continue Reading

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for February – April

Broadcast Deadlines: February 1, 2021 Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma must be filed in the Licensing and Management System (“LMS”). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Program Report, also filed in LMS, … Continue Reading

Now Available: NETA Webinar Series

Over the last few weeks, attorneys Bob Winteringham, Dan Kirkpatrick, and Frank Montero have presented a series of compliance webinars for the National Education Telecommunications Association  as a part of their course entitled “Navigating Common Compliance Matter,” which covered important compliance topics for broadcast stations.   Those webinar topics include: Corporation for Public Broadcasting compliance … Continue Reading

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for December – February

December 1, 2020 Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota must be filed in the Licensing and Management System (LMS). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Report, also filed … Continue Reading
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