David M. Silverman

David M. Silverman

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FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2015

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2015 fiscal year. The fees must be received by the FCC by 11:59 PM EDT on September 24, 2015. The FCC’s electronic payment system is...more

9/4/2015 - Annual Regulatory Fees Cable Television Providers E-Rates FCC Non-Profits NPRM Telecommunications VoIP Wireless Industry

FCC Public Notice Provides Details for Incentive Auction

As noted in our recent advisory on this subject, the FCC adopted procedures for next year’s scheduled incentive auction at its open meeting on Aug. 6. The FCC has now released the details in a 156-page Public Notice,...more

8/14/2015 - Auction Broadband Broadcasting Cell Phones FCC Mobile Devices Smartphones Television Broadcast Stations Television Service Providers Wireless Industry Wireless Technology

FCC Adopts Incentive Auction Procedures

At its open meeting today, the FCC adopted its much-anticipated Incentive Auction Procedures Public Notice, providing details about the auction officially scheduled to begin March 29, 2016. Although the actual Public Notice...more

8/7/2015 - Broadcasting FCC Television Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Station Reminder -- Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial...

By April 10, 2015, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

4/1/2015 - Children's TV Programming Closed Captioning FCC Public Disclosure Radio Stations Television Broadcast Stations Television Commercials

FCC Proposes Maximum $325,000 Forfeiture for Broadcast Indecency

In 2005, Congress passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, increasing potential maximum forfeitures against broadcast stations from $25,000 for each day of a violation subject to a $250,000 maximum per violation...more

3/25/2015 - Broadcasting Corporate Fines FCC Forfeiture Obscenity Television Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Station Reminder—Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits...

By Jan. 10, 2015, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

12/23/2014 - FCC Media Radio Stations Television Broadcast Stations

STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

President Obama has signed H.R. 5728, reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (“STELA”) which was set to expire at the end of this year. The new law, entitled the STELA Reauthorization Act of...more

12/9/2014 - Barack Obama Copyright License Agreements STELA Television Broadcast Stations

FCC Repeals Sports Blackout Rules

As expected, the FCC today voted 5-0 to repeal the sports blackout rules that require cable systems and satellite operators to black out local sporting events broadcast on distant television stations when the event is not...more

10/1/2014 - Blackout Rules Broadcasting FCC Television Programming

Broadcast Station Reminder— Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits...

By Oct. 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

9/29/2014 - Children's TV Programming FCC Radio Stations Reporting Requirements Television Broadcast Stations Television Programming

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2014 fiscal year. The due date is Sept. 23, 2014. The fees are intended to recover the Commission's cost of operations, estimated to be...more

9/4/2014 - Cable Television Providers FCC Fees Mobile Broadband Services Radio Stations Telecommunications Television Broadcast Stations

FCC Soliciting Comments on Expanding Online Public File Requirements to Cable TV, Satellite and Radio Broadcasters

In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required broadcast television stations to begin uploading all of their public files to an online FCC database. At the time, however, the FCC declined to expand that...more

8/8/2014 - Broadcasting FCC Radio Stations Satellites Television Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits;...

By July 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during April, May and June...more

6/26/2014 - Broadcasting Children's Products FCC Television Broadcast Stations Television Programming

The Redskins Decision: What It Means and Does Not Mean

On June 18, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board) issued its ruling in Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc. (TTAB Cancellation No. 92046185) cancelling the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations...more

6/20/2014 - Blackhorse v Pro-Football Disparagement Football Laches Native American Issues NFL Popular Redskins Registration Trademark Act Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

FCC Restricts Same Market TV Joint Sales Agreements; Begins Quadrennial Review of Broadcast Ownership and Attribution Rules

At its Open Meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to issue a Report & Order as well as a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) in its required “Quadrennial Review” of its broadcast...more

4/1/2014 - Broadcasting FCC Television Broadcast Stations

Broadcast Station Reminder—Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits;...

By April 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

3/26/2014 - FCC Filing Deadlines Filing Requirements Television Programming

FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Television Programs

At its February 2014 Open Meeting today, the FCC approved new regulations governing the quality of closed captions that must appear in television programming. As noted in our earlier advisory, the long-awaited rules stem from...more

2/21/2014 - Broadcasting Closed Captioning FCC Telecommunications Television Programming

Goodbye to Closed Captioning M¡s+@ke§?—FCC to Address Captioning Quality Standards

In its Tentative Agenda for its Feb. 20, 2014 open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that it will adopt a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding...more

2/6/2014 - Closed Captioning Compliance FCC

Annual Minimum Webcasting Royalty Fees Due Jan. 31, 2014

Broadcasters and others who stream music on the Internet must pay their minimum annual webcasting copyright royalty fees to SoundExchange by Jan. 31, 2014. These webcasting fees are in addition to public performance...more

1/27/2014 - ASCAP Broadcasting Internet Streaming Music Industry Royalties SESAC

Broadcast Station End of Year Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; Class A...

By Jan. 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

12/18/2013 - Children's TV Programming FCC Television Broadcast Stations Television Programming

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists and Children’s TV Programming Reports Due Oct. 10, 2013

By Oct. 10, 2013, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

9/30/2013 - Children's Products FCC Filing Requirements Licenses Reporting Requirements Television Programming

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2013 fiscal year. Although the due date has not yet been announced, it will likely be in...more

8/15/2013 - FCC Fees

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists and Children’s TV Programming Reports Due July 10, 2013—TV Stations to...

By July 10, 2013, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during April, May and June...more

6/24/2013 - Broadcasting FCC Television Broadcast Stations Television Commercials Television Programming

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists and Children’s TV Programming Reports Due April 10, 2013—TV Stations...

By April 10, 2013, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

3/21/2013 - Broadcasting Children's TV Programming Disclosure Requirements FCC Licenses Recordkeeping Requirements Television Programming

FTC Announces COPPA Rule Changes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its final rule amendments today in the Federal Register updating the FTC regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA Rule)....more

1/17/2013 - COPPA Data Collection Data Protection Data Retention FTC Geolocation Mobile Apps Notice Requirements Operators Parental Consent Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Websites

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists and Children’s TV Programming Reports Due Jan. 10, 2013—TV Stations to...

By Jan. 10, 2013, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

12/20/2012 - Children's TV Programming FCC Licenses Radio Stations Television Broadcast Stations

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