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FCC Announces Exercise of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS)

The FCC released a Public Notice today announcing a June 10-12 exercise of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).  Communications providers, including broadcast, wireless, satellite, broadband, and wireline providers, interested in participating must register by June 3.    DIRS is the FCC online system through which providers report information on the operational status of communications assets … Continue Reading

Comments on Proposed Rules for Program Originating Booster Stations Due May 16, Reply Comments Due June 17

The FCC released a Public Notice today establishing deadlines for submitting comments on its proposed rules to permit limited, voluntary program origination on FM boosters.  Comments must be filed no later than May 16.  Reply comments must be filed no later than June 17.  The proposed rules would provide flexibility for stations to use boosters … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes to Prioritize Application Processing for Stations that Provide Locally Originated Programming

On January 17, 2024, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on a proposed rule that would prioritize review of certain broadcast applications filed by stations that certify that they provide locally originated programming. Eligible Stations Under the proposed rule, priority review would be available to radio and television stations (excluding … Continue Reading

Reminder: Annual DTV Ancillary/Supplemental Services Report Due December 1st

All commercial, Class A, and Low Power television stations that provided feeable ancillary or supplemental services between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 must file an Annual Ancillary/Supplemental Service Report by December 1, 2023.  Reports are filed on a station-by-station basis in the FCC’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) on Form 317.   “Ancillary or … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Power-Up for Digital FMs

The FCC has issued a proposal that would allow more FM stations to increase digital power and allow asymmetric power on digital sidebands.  Interested parties have until September 21 to file comments.  Reply comments are due October 6.    Power Increase for Digital FM Stations  In the Order and Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) released … Continue Reading

FCC Chair Announces “Future of Television” Initiative and Shares Update on Next Gen TV Transition 

During her address today at the 2023 NAB Show, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel shared two developments in the Next Generation Television (“Next Gen TV” or “ATSC 3.0”) rulemaking.   The Future of Television Initiative   The Chairwoman introduced the Future of Television initiative (the “Initiative”), a private-public leadership group hosted by the NAB, dedicated to “develop[ing] a … Continue Reading

FCC Opens Rulemaking Proceeding to Implement the Low Power Protection Act’s Window for Eligible LPTVs to Apply for Conversion to Class A Designation

On March 30, 2023, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on the following proposed rules for a one-year filing window for eligible LPTV stations to apply for conversion to Class A designation:  Eligibility Requirements  The Commission proposes three eligibility requirements that LPTV stations must meet to apply for conversion to … Continue Reading

FCC’s Spectrum Auction Authority Expires

On March 9, 2023, the FCC’s spectrum auction authority expired for the first time since it was initially granted in 1993.  The authority enabled the FCC to auction spectrum when it received conflicting applications for a frequency in the wireless or broadcast services.    Under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the FCC’s spectrum auction authority … 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
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