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Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

By October 10, 2016, 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

What The FCC’s Foreign Ownership Move Means To You

In a notice of proposed rule making that impacts existing US radio broadcasters in only a most ancillary way, the FCC is proposing to streamline and make more transparent its review and coordination of foreign ownership...more

Eight Is One More Than Enough

The observation that “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission” is attributed to early computer programmer Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992). (Hopper developed the first compiler for a computer...more

Everything You Need to Know About Texting Your Listeners

Elaine Bonin of Franklin, Wisconsin received several sports scores via text courtesy of CBS Radio but did not recall signing up. Like any good citizen, recognizing that under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act she might...more

Contested FCC Media Ownership Order Leaves Rules Largely Unchanged

After failing to complete the required Quadrennial Review of its media ownership rules for nearly a decade, on August 25, 2016, the FCC released a Second Report and Order signaling the completion of both its 2010 and 2014...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor

Headlines: - FCC Cancels $3,000 Proposed Fine After Discovering TV Licensee Overwrote Children’s Programming Reports - Educational FM Licensee Agrees to Pay Reduced Fine of $2,250 for Multiple Violations ...more

FM Translators for AM Stations: When One Window Closes, Another Opens

As we previously reported, the FCC last year adopted a number of changes to its rules and policies aimed at revitalizing the AM radio service, which for many years has lived in the shadow of the more robust FM service. One...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ June 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue...more

Making the Move to the New Online Public Inspection File System This Friday

Friday will see the launch of the FCC’s new online public inspection file system, called, not surprisingly, the Online Public Inspection File (“OPIF”). With stations moving to a “next gen” public inspection file, Pillsbury...more

New Online Public File Demonstration Set for June 13

In a Public Notice released June 2, 2016, the FCC has taken the next steps towards implementing the expanded online public inspection file, which is set to go live on June 24th. Specifically, the FCC announced that on June...more

FCC Announces Effective Date for Expanded Online Public File Requirement

In our Memorandum of January 28, 2016, we described the FCC’s expansion of the online public file requirement to cable TV, DBS, broadcast and satellite radio stations. Until now, only TV stations have been required to keep...more

Broadcast Client Advisory: June 24, 2016 Effective Date for Expanded On-Line Public Files

The FCC has announced that its expanded requirements for on-line public files will become effective June 24, 2016. Commercial radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen markets with five or more full-time employees must begin...more

All New Online Public File for TV, Radio, Cable and Satellite Coming June 24th

Television broadcasters have had to comply with an online Public Inspection File requirement since 2012. This past January, the FCC announced that it would expand the online Public File requirement to certain broadcast...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ April 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: -...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ March 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others....more

Alert: Deadlines Set for Commenting on New EAS Cybersecurity Requirements

Comments on the FCC's proposal to require participants in the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS) to meet new cybersecurity requirements are due by May 9, 2016, and reply comments are due by June 7, 2016. As we previously...more

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

By April 10, 2016, 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

FCC Expands Online Public File Requirements to Cable TV, DBS, and Broadcast and Satellite Radio

The online public file requirement has been applicable to broadcast TV stations only. At its open meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously agreed to expand the requirement to keep public and...more

$85,000 in Fines Proposed for RF Exposure Violations after Ineffective Rooftop Barriers and Signage Lead to Building Owner’s...

Today the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) issued a pair of closely-related enforcement actions against two radio station licensees for failing to comply with the FCC’s radiofrequency...more

FCC Poised to Consider Expanded Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is slated to consider adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) exploring increased use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz, including for mobile broadband, at ...more

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

By October 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 July, August and...more

FCC Updates Contest Rule to Provide Flexibility to Meet Disclosure Requirements

Radio and television stations, as well as their audiences, have reason to celebrate. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced significant updates to its regulations regarding the disclosure of material...more

2015 FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 24, 2015

The FCC has announced a deadline of September 24 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2015 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2014. Payment may be made by credit card, debit card,...more

Broadcast Client Advisory: Proposed FY 2015 Regulatory Fees

The FCC has announced its proposed regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2015. Rather remarkably, for the second year in a row radio fees are not to increase, although most television fees are to rise modestly. A list of the...more

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