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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

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

FCC Enforcement Monitor

Headlines: - Sponsorship Identification Violation Yields $115,000 Civil Penalty - $13,000 Increase in Fine Upheld for Deliberate and Continued Operation at Unauthorized Location - FCC Reduces $14,000...more

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

FCC Radio Licenses: Saving Paper Doesn't Change Notice Requirements

Many municipal governments and special districts, especially public safety departments, hold radio licenses or antenna structure permits from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is proposing to save paper and staff...more

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

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

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

Does A Radio Station Have Goodwill?

A recent Claims Court case addressed whether a radio station's assets include goodwill....more

Broadcast Client Advisory: FY 2013 Regulatory Fee Proposals

Executive Summary: The FCC has issued a schedule and explanation of the annual regulatory fees it proposes to collect late this Summer for Fiscal Year 2013. It also has proposed a change in its methodology that most likely...more

FCC Considers Proposal To Lift 25% Cap On Indirect Foreign Investment In Broadcast Licensees

In August 2012, the Coalition for Broadcast Investment (“CBI”), a group comprising national broadcast networks, radio and television station licensees, and community and consumer organizations, filed a letter with the FCC...more

FCC Adopts Order Streamlining Its Foreign Ownership Review Policies

Last week, the FCC adopted an Order to streamline its policies with respect to foreign ownership of common carrier radio station licensees (i.e., entities that provide fixed or mobile telecommunications service over networks...more

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