FCC Update covered the major elements of the new rules in the January issue of Radio magazine. Here are some clarifications of the matters previously covered as well as some new insights into the FCC's order.
Your new or latest station license has arrived. How you deal with it can have a huge effect on your future.
In the past year, the Avian Group has filed a petition to the FCC to halt licensing and license renewals for all communications towers in the Gulf Coast region, as well as a suit against the FCC regarding seven towers in Hawaii that are alleged to be harming two endangered bird species.
In November the Commission adopted rules that streamline the way in which the communities of license of existing AM and FM stations can be changed. The
Since April 2004 Internet radio stations were supposed to be keeping detailed records about the songs they were playing. The problem was that the CRB had not specified what was to be done with those records...until now. What's worse is that the reporting requirement may completely kill Internet streaming altogether.
Petitioners proposing to reserve FM allotments for noncommercial use will now be able to use actual terrain data to show compliance with the first and second local service requirement.
If the FCC genuinely is concerned about the potential impact of FM translators on LPFM service, why would the Commission be attracted to the NAB's plan to help lowly daytime AM stations and forego the opportunity to create more local LPFM stations?
At a minimum the new rules, if adopted, will cause significant delays in the construction timetable for otherwise routine tower changes.
The FAA seeks greater control of some broadcast spectrum in a new proposal for rulemaking. It's troubling that the FAA NPRM deals with EMI in a broad way, but this fits with how the FAA has always viewed spectrum issues
There have been widespread complaints that some satellite radio receivers that use low-band FM frequencies to transmit the incoming satellite signal to on-board car radio receivers “bleed through” so that persons in nearby cars receive the signals intended for the subscriber’s car radio.
When it comes to regulating the radio spectrum, let the House and Senate raise their concerns, but let the FCC conduct its own business regarding third-adjacent channel protections.
Local program origination on FM translators is an ongoing issue, and following a recent petition from a broadcaster, the outlook appears bleak for the possibility to ever come to pass.
Some careful attention today may save your station from significant fines eight years from now.
The rules on their face permit the advertising of certain casino activities (when conducted by Indian tribes) but they still prohibit the advertising of precisely the same activities (when, say, Indians aren’t involved).
Starting in February 2006, Soundexchange began auditing 11 of the most popular Internet radio websites.
Despite the botched governmental response before and after Katrina struck, there is a perception in many circles that the FCC’s performance was praiseworthy.
A new proceeding has begun to set the music copyright royalty fees that stations streaming on the Internet will pay to record companies and recording artists for 2006-2010. While the new fees are not likely to be finalized until late in 2006, they will apply retroactively to Jan. 1, 2006.
Some of the promoters of LPFM have now returned to the Commission with LPAM--a service that would not be shackled with the restrictions that apply to LPFM.
Tower construction projects on tribal lands must be coordinated with local tribes. To prevent non-responses from keeping tower projects on hold, the Commission recently announced a new policy for dealing with tribal and native Hawaiian organizations.
The last-minute postponement of FM Auction 62 has chilled the enthusiasm of many would-be bidders.