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FCC Symposium on Access to Capital for Small Broadcasters
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a public notice announcing that the agency's Access to Capital Working Group of its Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the FCC's Media Bureau will co-host a virtual symposium entitled Path to Media Ownership and Sustainability on November 6, from 9am to 5pm ET. The symposium will More

FCC's Starks Sees Radio Geo-Targeting Path Towards Diversity
Geo Broadcast Solutions
Geo Broadcast Solutions
A step toward increasing media content diversity, without exerting additional legislative authority, would be to revise the FM booster rule to allow geo-targeted content to originate from FM booster stations, said FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to Hispanic broadcasters last week in remarks on "The Enduring Legacy of Radio." This would More

FCC's Pai Says Agency Will Move to Regulate Social Media
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday that the agency will seek to regulate social media platforms after President Trump's executive order signed earlier this year petitioned the Commission to clarify ambiguities in section 230, which provides platforms the broad legal immunity over content posted by their users. Trump signed the order in More

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear FCC Media Ownership Dispute
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal by the Federal Communications Commission and the National Association of Broadcasters to a lower court ruling blocking changes to broadcast media ownership regulations. The nearly two-decade dispute contests the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on the Commission's 2016 More

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Geo-Targeted Radio Emergency Alerts Are Potential Lifeline
GEO Broadcast Solutions
GEO Broadcast Solutions
The FCC is currently considering a proposed rule change to allow local radio stations to use FM boosters in Single Frequency Networks -- with technology dubbed ZoneCasting developed by GeoBroadcast Solutions -- to broadcast over-the-air geo-targeted alerts to different broadcast zones to reach the public More

Trump Nominates Nathan Simington to Replace FCC's O'Rielly
Nathan Simington
Nathan Simington
President Donald Trump has nominated longtime telecom lawyer Nathan Simington to replace FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly after declining to renew the sitting Republican commissioner for a new term as reported by Law360. Simington, a senior adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information More

House Subcomittee Passes Tax Certificate Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has passed "Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act of 2019" that would direct the FCC to take certain actions to increase diversity of ownership in the broadcasting industry. Among them, the legislation would reinstate a tax certificate More

FCC Ups Radio Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2020
FCC
FCC
In a Report & Order, the FCC has set new regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2020, ignoring radio industry filings requesting that fees should be frozen at their FY 2019 level due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a severe reduction in advertising revenue. The Commission ruled that the radio More

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Walden Introduces Broadcast Incubator Program Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Energy and Commerce Committee Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) has introduced a bill to promote diversity among the broadcast media industry and support local broadcasters across U.S. communities. The Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act would create a "Broadcast Incubator Program," led by the FCC to allow More

NAB Files Reply Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Over Ownership
NAB
NAB
NAB has filed a reply brief with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the FCC's appeal of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on the Commission's 2016 quadrennial review order that attempted to institute modest reforms to broadcast media ownership regulations. In September, 2019, a three-judge panel of More

FCC Report & Order Eliminates Radio Duplication Rule
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted a Report and Order eliminating the radio duplication rule for both the AM and FM services. The rule restricted the duplication of programming on commonly-owned broadcast radio stations operating in the same service and geographic area. The rule, initially adopted in 1964, has been updated More

Trump Revokes FCC Commissioner O'Rielly's Renomination
Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded his renomination of Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, a Republican, to serve another 5-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. The reversal, announced Monday, didn't provide a reason for the decision. The move follows the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee vote More

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WKVB-FM/Worcester MA Expands to the Boston Market
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
Educational Media Foundation's WKVB-FM (107.3) in Worcester, MA has expanded its signal and audience to reach the Boston-market through a diplexing arrangement with WXLO-FM's existing MaxxCasting system from GeoBroadcast Solutions. Operating as part of the K-LOVE network of Contemporary Christian stations, More

FCC Commissioner Starks Says NTIA Proposals Are Ill-Advised
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) filed a petition for rulemaking related to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, as required by President Trump's Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship. The petition is meant to jumpstart a rulemaking that More

Nielsen Managing Director Brad Kelly Inks Open Letter
Brad Kelly
Brad Kelly
Nielsen Managing Director Brad Kelly has written the following letter to the Advertising Community: The pull that Social Media exerts on today's world is unquestionable. It helps us stay connected, keep informed, and is generally a source for light entertainment. But we now know there's a dark side which More

FCC, Six Major Radio Groups Reach Political Ad Settlement
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted Consent Decrees with several major broadcasting groups, including Alpha Media, Beasley Media, Cumulus Media, Entercom, iHeartMedia and Salem Media Group. These decrees settled investigations into each group, which had been charged with failing to upload data More

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