AM stations authorized to use FM translators 

Under the new rules, AM stations may rebroadcast only on "currently authorized" commercial-band FM translators.

Living with the FCC - a History 

John Battison looks back on the early days of the FRC and the FCC, recalling some of the simpler times and possibly better methods of another time.

FCC changing ownership reporting requirements 

The shift in reporting requirements, and a change to new reporting forms, arises from concern about the relatively low percentages of minority individuals and females among the ranks of broadcast owners.

FCC proposes overhaul of AM/FM allocation standards 

The core changes deal with the priorities applied under Section 307(b) of the Communications Act when proposals for new stations or community changes are being considered.

Relaxation of LPFM interference standards 

Two bills introduced in Congress would statutorily eliminate LPFM's third-adjacent channel protections to full-power FM stations.

Filing fees, moment method modeling and broadcasting phone calls 

The FCC was not able to implement the new application fees in January, so despite the Federal Register notice the agency has continued to charge the old fees. But the latest announced implementation date, April 28, is firm.

FCC cracks down on noncommercial "commercials" 

What precisely constitutes a commercial is not easily determined. Generally NCE stations cannot accept payment in return for the on-air promotion of commercial activities.

When does an omni antenna become a DA? 

In a recently-filed petition against an FM station modification, an issue was raised as to whether a proposed omnidirectional antenna should be treated as directional due to pattern distortion resulting from tower mounting and compensating antenna design features.

FCC adopts new methodology for AM proofs 

At long last, the FCC is permitting directional AM stations and permittees to submit proofs of performance using moment modeling in lieu of proofs based on extensive field measurements.

FCC may mandate HD Radio reception by satellite receivers 

In August, the Commission issued a notice of inquiry under the aegis of its XM-Sirius merger order seeking public comment on whether the FCC should (or can) mandate that satellite radio receiver devices include HD Radio receivers.

FCC Clarifies Backfill Policy 

One of the new policies requires broadcasters to add nondiscrimination clauses to their advertising contracts. At renewal time, a certification will have to be made in Form 303-S that all advertising contracts contain such clauses.

New language for advertising contracts 

One of the new policies requires broadcasters to add nondiscrimination clauses to their advertising contracts. At renewal time, a certification will have to be made in Form 303-S that all advertising contracts contain such clauses.

Review of political broadcasting rules 

Station personnel involved with programming, sales and traffic should be aware during this election season that decisions about what ads to run, when to run them and how much to charge have broad implications under this regulatory scheme.

FCC to Test White Spaces Devices at Fedex Field 

The Aug. 9 preseason game between the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills will be a test bed for the FCC

House Legislation Could Overhaul FCC 

Rep. Joe Barton wants to make the FCC more accountable to the public

FEMA Announces Intention to Adopt CAP 

The plan is to adopt the protocol during the first quarter of calendar year 2009.

FCC Will Extend CPs for Small Businesses 

When the construction permit changes hands, the new owner may be extend the period of the permit if certain conditions are met.

FCC Invited to Test White Spaces Devices at Live Events 

The political conventions, Lollapalooza in Chicago and Nashville Star have offered their sites

FCC Approves Sirius/XM Merger 

The FCC's 3-2 vote along party lines seals the $3.6 billion deal, giving the combined company more than 18 million subscribers.

Sirius, XM Work with FCC to Settle FCC Enforcement Issues 

The sat casters hope to enter into a consent decree with the FCC to terminate inquiries launched in 2006

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