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Reps. Request FCC Suspends Partisan, Controversial Items
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Representatives Frank Pallone and Mike Doyle have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission requesting the agency to only pursue consensus and administrative matters that are non-partisan for the remainder of their tenure due to the presidential transition. In a statement, Commissioner Starks wrote, "As two of my More

FCC Okays Boost in Foreign Ownership Cap in iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
The FCC's Media Bureau ruled in favor of a petition for declaratory ruling filed by iHeartMedia on July 25 to permit iHM to exceed the 25% benchmark for foreign investment. In a SEC filing, iHeartMedia said under reorganization and emergence from proceedings of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code on May 1, that it entered into a Special Warrant More

FCC Okays Boost in Foreign Ownership Cap in iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
The FCC's Media Bureau ruled in favor of a petition for declaratory ruling filed by iHeartMedia on July 25 to permit iHM to exceed the 25% benchmark for foreign investment. In a SEC filing, iHeartMedia said under reorganization and emergence from proceedings of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code on May 1, that it entered into a Special Warrant More

FCC's Starks Issues Statement on GeoBroadcast Proposal
Geoffrey Starks
Geoffrey Starks
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has issued a statement regarding the circulation of a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on modifying the Commission's FM Booster Rules to permit geo-targeted content. "The use of geo-targeted content could provide a way for minority-owned stations to better serve their communities by More

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FCC Order Allows AM Stations to Broadcast All-Digital Signal
The FCC issued a Report and Order adopting rules to allow AM radio stations to broadcast an all-digital signal using the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode named MA3.1 The agency says that a voluntary conversion to all-digital broadcasting will benefit many AM stations and their More

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 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 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 More

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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 More

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

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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

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

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