The FCC Update column covers news and information from the Federal Communications Commission and Capitol Hill, and other legislative actions.
Couldn't attend the 2013 NAB Show? Here are a few highlights.
Wheeler is currently managing director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm based in Washington, DC.
The FCC is moving swiftly to clear out and grant the FM translators that will not preclude future low-power FM (LPFM) stations.
Julius Genachowski was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009 for the agency chairmanship.
The Commission currently has three different approval procedures for new and modified equipment, depending on the potential for harm. Rule changes could improve the efficiency of the approval process.
Following a presidential election, other changes in Washington are not uncommon. Lee Petro looks at some of the possible events.
Sounds like an odd mix of topics, but FCC Update covers a lot of ground this month.
Appointed in 2009, Mignon Clyburn completed the remaining term of Jonathan Adelstein.
The awards encourage technological innovation in communication-related areas and to recognize engineers, researchers and other technologists who help the disabled obtain jobs and succeed in their communities.
According to the FCC, processing approximately 6,000 FM translator applications and setting the rules of the road for LPFM are the last steps necessary before opening a window for community groups to seek new low power FM licenses starting in October 2013.
Since the FCC's inquiry on wireless mics on TV channels 2 through 51, there have been new developments that will likely impact the use of wireless mics and other low-power devices in vacant spaces on TV channels, and the FCC has now invited a new round of public comment to refresh the record.
The FCC is tweaking its rules relating to community of license changes for radio stations. Part of the effort is to ensure that rural areas retain local radio service.
Lee Petro looks at the big discussion items at the 2012 Radio Show.
August in Washington usually means very little rulemaking action at the FCC. With the lawmakers gearing up for a fall busy with FM translator/LPFM matters and spectrum auctions, the enforcement arm of the FCC was in full swing, issuing forfeiture orders and reaching consent decrees on a number of different issues.
Lee Petro provides a regulatory potpourri on regulatory fees, tower registration and the Mission Abstract Data claims.
The fees will be collected in September 2012.
The actions by Mission Abstract Data has led to intense anger from stations, and the fear of the assured destruction of the financial health of many licensees.
Depending on the height of the tower, the FAA will require the upgrade of the medium-intensity lights for communications towers between 500 and 2,000 feet.
In December 2011, the Commission issued an order relating to the registration process for the construction of communication towers. The new rules affect both the construction of new towers, and modifications to existing towers under certain circumstances.