New Rule Expands FCC Jurisdiction Related To Foreign Media

On Sept. 4, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission issued a new rule requiring foreign media outlets to submit reports to the FCC disclosing their relationships with foreign principals. The notice was issued pursuant to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

Who must report? -

Media outlets that (1) produce or distribute video for U.S. consumers via multichannel video programming distributors (which would include cable operators and satellite broadcasters) and (2) would be an “agent of a foreign principal” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but for the exemption for news services contained in FARA Section 611(d).

Originally published in Law360 on September 27, 2018.

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