In November 2000 the Commission created a new FM channel classification to join Classes A, B, B1, C, C1, C2 and C3. Use of the new class - Class C-0 (C-Zero) - permits upgrades of existing stations and new allocations based on the reduced spacing protections, which will apply when Class C stations are converted to Class C-0.
As part of Chairman Powell's efforts to reform the FCC, the Mass Media Bureau, which handles all radio and television matters, will be merged into the Cable Services Bureau, which handles all cable matters, to form a new Media Bureau.
The Mass Media Bureau, which currently handles all radio and television matters, will be merged into the Cable Services Bureau, which currently handles all cable matters, to form a new Media Bureau.
In another victory for the record companies, the United States District Court in Philadelphia has affirmed the Copyright Office's December 2000 ruling holding that AM/FM broadcasters simultaneously streaming their signals on the Internet are responsible for royalty payments to ACSAP, BMI, and SESAC, and to record companies.
Concluding that “inartful drafting is not the same as ambiguity,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found in favor of National Public Radio in an appeal from the Commission's prior determination that noncommercial educational (NCE) stations would be required to take part in an auction if they decided to file for non-reserved (commercial) frequencies.
In an ever-evolving effort to smooth the transition from analog to digital technology, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to revise its rules to allow broadcast auxiliary services (BAS) to convert to digital technology along with broadcast stations.
Webcasters that survived the Copyright Office's December royalty decision have been dealt another nearly fatal blow.
The White House announced that President Bush will send to the Senate the names of Kevin J. Martin, Kathleen Q. Abernathy, and Michael J. Copps, three
The FCC has proposed a new schedule of annual regulatory fees.
In January, the NAB and several broadcast groups sued the U.S. Registrar of Copyrights, seeking to overturn the Copyright Office's final rule that radio
In a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the EEO rules that became effective in April
The FCC has begun a rulemaking proceeding to revise the definition of radio market and/or the method of counting the number of stations in a market.
The FCC has begun the process of awarding 359 FM radio station licenses at open auction. Here is a list of frequently-asked questions, and their answers,
The Chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau recently reminded all licensees that a renewed rule-enforcement effort at has been undertaken in the last 12 months
In response to the FCC's January 24 to January 28 window for applications for new AM stations and major changes to existing AM stations, the FCC received,
The FCC recently made clear that a station being operated under a local marketing agreement (LMA) may meet its staffing requirements by employing individuals
In July, in its effort to derail the new low-power FM (LPFM) service through litigation, the NAB filed its brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Items on the agenda of interest to broadcasters include ownership and LPFM.