25Mar

New Math, Enforcement Bureau Style

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Original Article by Mitchell Lazarus, CommLawBlog Maybe we’re just not very smart, but we can’t figure out the FCC’s rationale for penalizing certain categories of wrongdoers. Take, for example, the case of Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing, Inc., located in Broussard, Louisiana, a short drive from the Gulf Coast. Its website says Taylor specializes in the manufacture […]
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22Mar

Updated Political Broadcasting Guide – Questions and Answers about Broadcasters’ Obligations During this Election Season

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules about political advertising, we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work). The revised guide is much the […]
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14Mar

FCC Says No to Court’s Enforcement of Contractual Rights that Limit Broadcast Licensee’s Control Rights – What Does this Mean for Broadcast Contracts?

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog How far can a court go in ordering broadcasters to comply with the terms of a contract?  By trying to get a court to enforce a contract signed with a broadcaster, is the suing party infringing on a licensee’s control over its broadcast station license? These questions […]
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11Mar

Senators Slam Wheeler Over Unwinding JSAs

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable In a sharply worded letter accusing him of ignoring their concerns and skirting the law, unhappy senators from both parties told FCC chairman Tom Wheeler Friday they were concerned with the FCC’s unwinding of grandfathered JSAs as part of license transfers. Those senators, including Democrats Chuck Schumer, […]
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11Mar

FCC Is Informing Stations of Spectrum Auction Status

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s incentive auction task force, says that the FCC next week will issue a public notice informing stations that they will be receiving confidential letters, being sent out next week, informing them of the status of their application to participate in the auction. […]
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09Mar

Report: Mobile Ad Blocking on the Rise

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Original Article by Chris Tribbey, Broadcasting and Cable In the past few months the rate of new mobile users downloading and installing ad blockers has more than tripled, and if this rate of mobile ad-blocking continues, more than 80% of smartphone owners could be actively blocking ads by the middle of 2017. That’s according to […]
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