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.
Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel bring the FCC to its full compliment.
The FCC plans to raise nearly $340 million from regulatory fees in 2012.
As stations move more of their content online, and encourage online exchanges with their audience, there are new responsibilities beyond FCC rules.
TTS is now allowed - on a voluntary basis - for CAP.
The updated search tool incorporates changes required by the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, particularly the elimination of third-adjacent channel LPFM spacing requirements.
In March 2012, the FCC passed two report and order actions and a further notice of proposed rulemaking to do just that.
The actions were taken to implement the Local Community Radio Act of 2011 (LCRA) and provide opportunities for new LPFM stations to be licensed to local communities.
The new rules take effect April 30, 2012.
The rulings set new caps for applicants and markets, and adopts new rules to implement the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.
Lee Petro further explores the FCC's policy to slow processing of FM translator applications where the licensees have moved a facility long distances through a series of minor change applications.
Key points of the bills: consolidate some FCC reporting requirements, codify the unofficial shot clock for merger reviews and limit the types of conditions the agency can place on transactions.
Lee Petro discusses several potentially sticky situations broadcasters should try to avoid during political ad season.
Some highlights: CAP converters are allowed, but governor must-carry is denied.