Peter Tannenwald joined Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, as a Member, after a 40-year career which included one of Washington's 10 largest law firms, where he was a partner, and more recently as a named principal of Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, P.C. In addition to a broad range of radio and television broadcast station groups and individual station owners and common carrier and wireless clients in both regulatory and transactional matters, he has represented inventors and developers of new technologies and has helped implement several such technologies, including wireless auditory assistance devices for persons with hearing loss, the use of AM broadcast stations for power utility load management, visual captions on television broadcasts, the Interactive Video and Data Service, compatibility of cellphones and hearing aids, and most recently combining television broadcast and broadband services in the same spectrum.
Some 700 MHz licensees (possibly with FCC support) have been complaining of FM interference to their hypersensitive LTE gear - but must FM licensees foot the bill to correct the problem?… Continue Reading
The FCC has established a new and separate "do-not-call" registry designed specifically to protect 911 emergency services from non-emergency calls. Anyone using autodialing technology -- including political organizations and non-profit groups -- will have to take steps to avoid making such calls or face stiff penalties.… Continue Reading
Today was the day that the FCC was to debut its new online public file system for TV stations. We dropped by the FCC this morning to take a first-hand look at what the Feds have cooked up.… Continue Reading
The Commission is asking whether NCE stations should be routinely permitted to interrupt their regular programming for fundraising activities for the benefit of non-profit entities other than the station itself.… Continue Reading
Stiffing the Commission on a consent decree commitment can't be tolerated, even when the stiffing occurs because the stiffer simply can't afford to pay. So the FCC has piled on even more fines to make that point clear.… Continue Reading
Section 1.17(b) prohibits what we have referred to as "misrepresentation lite", which seems to say that any mistake in anything you file with the FCC could subject you to a very substantial penalty, even if the mistake is purely unintentional. An AM licensee in Texas found out about this the hard way.… Continue Reading
From the FCC's perspective, the chore of repacking existing TV stations would probably be much easier if Class A stations could be downgraded to LPTV status. Where there's a will, there's a way: the downgrading effort has begun.… Continue Reading