03Mar

FCC Puts Pirate Radio Battle Plan in Writing

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Original Article by Inside Radio FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and his fellow commissioners sent letters on Tuesday to numerous organizations in an effort to highlight their take on the importance of pirate radio law compliance. As part of summer 2015’s Field Modernization Order, the Commission agreed to “continue to work with outside stakeholders to develop […]
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29Feb

March Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Incentive Auction Commitments, New Webcasting Royalties, and Comments on AM Revitalization and Copyright Safe Harbor for User-Generated Content

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog March appears to be another busy month on the FCC’s regulatory calendar.  While March is one of those months where there is not the usual assortment of EEO public file reports, quarterly issues programs lists or children’s television reports and noncommercial ownership report obligations (see our Broadcasters’ […]
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29Feb

Reverse Auction Update: FCC Underscores Initial Commitment Deadline, Offers Workshop, Tutorial and User Guide to Introduce “Initial Commitment Module”

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Original Article by CommLawBlog It’s “damn the stay requests (and appeals), full speed ahead” on the reverse auction front. Notwithstanding the frenzy of activity down at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Commission has issued further information underscoring its determination to close the reverse auction door as of 6:00 p.m. (ET) […]
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26Feb

FCC Announces Previews for TV Broadcasters of Incentive Auction Initial Commitment Software; Denies Auction Stay Request from LPTV Applicant

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice dealing with the upcoming March 29 commitment deadline for TV broadcasters who filed their applications back in January indicating a possible intent to participate in the incentive auction to surrender their TV channel so that the FCC can use it […]
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24Feb

Pallone Hopeful Viewer Protection Act Will Pass

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), ranking member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, told broadcasters he was confident Congress would pass a bill backstopping them in the post-incentive auction repack. Speaking to a National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership audience, Pallone talked about his bill, the Viewer Protection Act. […]
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23Feb

Does the FCC Want to Postpone the Incentive Auction?

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Original Article by Harry Cole and Ashley Ludlow, CommLawBlog Publicly, the Commission appears determined to proceed full speed ahead, but a couple of FCC pleadings to the D.C. Circuit suggest otherwise. Pretty much since the FCC set out on its headlong race to design and implement the upcoming Incentive Auction, one of the Prime Directives […]
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22Feb

comScore Aims To Take Measured Bite Out of Nielsen.

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Original Article by Inside Radio Nielsen enjoys a virtual monopoly on U.S. radio measurement, but on the TV side, comScore is aiming to challenge its longtime dominance. The digital measurement provider will offer numbers for broadcast TV, over-the-top streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and mobile and desktop viewing starting in April—in time for […]
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22Feb

Smith: Spectrum’s Higher, Better Use Is Still Broadcasting

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith says that while viewers may like to catch a movie on Netflix or Amazon, when they want to catch a child abductor or be alerted to dangerous weather, they won’t get it from video streaming services hungry for more bandwidth. […]
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22Feb

The Murky State of Rules on Broadcast Advertising of Marijuana Products in States Which Have Legalized its Sale or Use

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog Broadcasters, like other federally regulated industries, continue to be leery about advertising for marijuana, even in states where cannabis dispensaries have been legalized for medical or even recreational use.  This week, the NY Times ran an article about companies trying to provide ways for dispensaries to use […]
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18Feb

FCC Launches Study Programming Diversity

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Original Article by TVNewsCheck The FCC today issued a notice of inquiry on the state of independent and diverse programming. The NOI was approved unanimously by the commissioners. The NOI asks for comment on the principal challenges independent video programmers face in gaining carriage of their content on both traditional and emerging distribution platforms. The commission […]
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