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FCC Announces Dates for Mandatory National EAS Test

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, MVPD Regulation

The 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

FCC Creates New Opportunities for AM Stations to Obtain FM Translators; Seeks Comment on Additional Revitalization Proposals

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology

On 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

FCC Seeks to Revitalize AM Broadcasting

Posted in Broadcast Regulation

Update: 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

FM Translators and LPFMs – What Lies Ahead

Posted in Broadcast Regulation

In 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