In a move designed to enhance the long-term viability of low-power FM stations and encourage new voices, the FCC has adopted and proposed additional rules, which will afford LPFM stations quasi-primary service status and provide other benefits.
In the eyes of broadcasters, December was a busy month for the FCC. Broadcasting is just one small part of the FCC’s concerns, so when several significant rulings are made at once, broadcasters naturally take notice. Two recent actions deal with broadcast ownership while another deals with programming localism. Now that the FCC has acted, there are more questions raised than answers provided.
The Federal Communications Commission has stepped into new territory with its Dec. 18 actions to try to ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.
During its Dec. 18 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a report and order that it hopes will expand opportunities for new entrants and small businesses to own broadcast outlets.
The long-awaited vote on the revision to the FCC's rules on cross ownership of a TV or radio station and a newspaper in the same market has taken place. The vote followed party lines with the Republicans winning 3-2.
The FCC has updated the EAS Handbooks for participating stations. The new handbooks, which stations are required to post at control points, have been updated for satellite radio and TV, and digital radio services.
President Bush has announced his intention to nominate Jonathan Adelstein to a new five-year term that would expire on June 30, 2013.
Only a month or two before the 2008 presidential nominees face off in primaries, and less than a year before the general election, top candidates from both major parties are discussing key issues affecting communications policy.
The new rules deal with issues of ownership, eligibility and technical aspects, while the FNPRM seeks comment on additional technical matters on LPFM.
According to several news outlets including Reuters, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, the Federal Communications Commission sent questionnaires to XM and Sirius to gather additional information about the satellite radio providers' operation, including distribution contracts, programming arrangements and equipment locations.
On July 12, 2007, the FCC released a second report and order and further notice of proposed rulemaking addressing next generation EAS to better serve the needs of those with disabilities and non-English speakers,...
Reports from the FCC violation list including handling of filing fees, proper tower fencing and EAS compliance.
FCC chairman Kevin Martin is promoting a plan that would dramatically relax the media ownership rules by year end.
Now that the FCC has released its IBOC rulemaking (MM Docket No. 99-325), many questions have been raised about the STAs used for dual antenna systems. A public notice has been issued to clarify the rules and what station must do to ensure compliance.
The U.S. Solicitor General has signaled his intent to ask the Supreme Court to review a recent appeals court decision invalidating the FCC's rule against the use of fleeting expletives on the air.
In addition to the previously-reported proceeding looking toward allowing AM stations (including day-timers) to rebroadcast on FM translators, the FCC received comments in August on a petition for rulemaking that proposes a number of improvements to the post-sunset service rules on the AM side.
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission has launched an automated Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it is seeking applications from engineering school graduates with superior academic credentials and an interest in communications engineering for its 2007 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program.
The Fairness Doctrine, introduced in 1949, required broadcasters to cover controversial issues of public importance and to provide balanced views on such issues even if that meant giving access to diverse groups.
Publication of the FCC's Second Report and Order in the Federal Register on Aug. 16 means that the long-awaited IBOC digital radio rule changes will become the law of the land on Sept. 14.