: With the severe flooding in the Midwest, the FCC issued a reminder for licensees on the contact information to obtain emergency Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs)
The FCC is now dismissing applications submitted in the October 2007 NCE filing window (or just before the window opened) that depend on waiting out the elimination of analog channel 6 TV stations next February in connection with the DTV transition.
The FCC's overarching goal here is to bring more minorities and women into the broadcast ownership ranks. Historically, these groups have not been represented in those ranks in the same proportion as their numbers in the overall U.S. population
The updated document includes links to places on the FCC's website that offer additional relevant information as to the matters discussed
According to the Commission, the proposed rules are designed to address the perception that broadcasters may not be addressing the needs and interests of their communities sufficiently
The FCC clarifies how the change in daylight-saving time affects AM stations with PSRA and PSSA service hours.
A Texas AM station was fined $8,800 for failing to maintain a main studio and power down at sunset. An FCC inspector, after checking on four successive days, could not find the station's main studio. While conducting this search the agent took signal measurements and determined that the station was not powering down at night as its license required.
The news is generally good if you are an LPFM licensee, but bad for FM licensees who plan to make facilities changes that threaten displacement of an existing LPFM station.
The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting on Jan. 17, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street S.W., in Washington.
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.
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.
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,...