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By Kathleen A. Kirby, Mark Lipp and Kathleen Scott on Posted in Broadcast RegulationYesterday, the FCC released the proposed text for the Second Report and Order in the Revitalization of the AM Radio Service proceeding. This text was released at the same time that it is being circulated to commissioners, as part of new Chairman Pai’s pilot program to increase transparency at the Commission. The proposed Second Report and… Continue Reading
By Mark Lipp and Ari Meltzer on Posted in Broadcast Regulation,MVPD RegulationThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission)’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has announced that the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on September 28, 2016, at 2:20 PM EDT, with a secondary test date of October 5, 2016, if necessary. According to the FCC’s public notice: The… Continue Reading
By Mark Lipp and Ari Meltzer on Posted in Broadcast Regulation,Broadcast TechnologyOn October 23, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted its long-awaited First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM), and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) in the AM revitalization proceeding. Most notably, the Report and Order provides two opportunities for AM broadcasters to obtain FM translators—first through a modification window… Continue Reading
By Kathryne Dickerson and Mark Lipp on Posted in Broadcast RegulationBack in November 2012, Way Media, Inc. filed a minor change application with the FCC to move its FM translator W218CR from Central City, Kentucky to Tell City, Indiana. Once located in Tell City, the translator would re-broadcast AM station WTCJ. The application sought to change the station’s output channel from channel 218 to non-adjacent… Continue Reading
By Mark Lipp and Ari Meltzer on Posted in Broadcast RegulationIn an unusual move, the FCC’s Media Bureau today granted the renewal of a Texas FM radio station, but with a catch – the bureau shortened the renewal period to two years due to the station’s silence for “slightly less than half of the Station’s license term.” Under Section 312(g) of the Communications Act, a… Continue Reading
By Mark Lipp, Kathleen A. Kirby and Kathryne Dickerson on Posted in Broadcast RegulationUpdate: Comments due January 21, 2014; Reply Comments due February 18, 2014 On October 31, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) advancing six specific proposals to address the “well-documented” decline of AM broadcasting. Until 1978, more than half of radio listening was spent on the… Continue Reading
By Mark Lipp on Posted in Broadcast RegulationIn the latest in a series of Public Notices, the FCC announced that it has identified 1,239 singleton translator applications and will accept long form applications until August 30, 2013. We expect that the FCC staff will try to process as many of these applications as possible before the two week LPFM window opens on October… Continue Reading