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NABOB Opposes Relaxation of Local Radio Ownership Rules
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) filed Comments in the FCC's 2018 Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules. In its Comments NABOB stated: "Any change in the local radio ownership rule to allow increased consolidation will have a significant negative impact on African Americans and other minority More

FCC Won't Increase Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2021
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC will not increase regulatory fees for broadcasters in order to partially offset costs of broadband mapping, which both NAB and State Broadcasters Assoiations argued would hurt broadcast outlets. Several commenters representing the broadcast industry objected to the assessment on broadcasters of any portion of the $33 million More

Petition Challenges Rules Mandating Foreign SID Disclosures
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) have filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging a FCC order mandating disclosures for foreign More

50 State Broadcasters Assoc. Support Tax Certificate Program
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
State broadcast associations representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have sent a letter to congressional leadership in the U.S. House and the Senate in support of legislation that would reinstate the tax certificate program to encourage investment in radio and TV broadcast station ownership for women and More

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Bill Reintroduced to Increase Minority Station Ownership
Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, along with Rep. Steven Horsford, have reintroduced H.R. 4871, the Expanding Broadcast Opportunities Act of 2021. The bill will promote diversity of ownership in the broadcast industry by re-establishing the Minority Tax Certificate Program at the FCC. "America is a nation rich in More

Alpha Media Completes Restructuring Agreement
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has completed its financial restructuring after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy to deal with $267 million of debt in January. The company, affected greatly during the pandemic, says it now has the incremental capital to pursue growth opportunities, while enhancing its position as mid-market More

NAB Renews Objections to Expand LPFM Service to 250W
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has renewed its objections to the Petition for Rulemaking filed by REC Networks seeking the creation of a new class of 250-watt low power FM (LPFM) service. According to the trade group, the record demonstrates that, like previous attempts rejected by the More

FCC Reinstates Media Ownership Changes, Seeks Comments
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC's Media Bureau has released an Order, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project, reinstating the loosening of certain rule changes previously adopted by the Commission in its media ownership proceedings. The rules had been vacated and remanded by the U.S. Third More

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NAB Says New New Class of LPFM Would Congest FM Band
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed Tuesday with the FCC regarding a Petition for Rulemaking to create a new class of 250-watt low-power FM radio stations. The trade group is opposed to the move and writes the petition is at least the fifth or sixth bid, and the third by REC Networks, to More

FCC Adopts Rules to Further Strengthen Emergency Alerting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their radios, mobile phones and televisions. The move is in response to a false 2018 emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile attack. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year More

FCC Officially Reinstates Several Media Ownership Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC on Friday officially reinstated several of its previous decisions eliminating several media ownership controls, a move that comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision upholding the 2017 deregulations. In what was known as the "FCC vs. Prometheus Radio Project," the U.S. Supreme More

IBA Webinar Series Presents Webinar on FCC EEO Rules
The Independent Broadcasters Association
The Independent Broadcasters Association
The Independent Broadcasters Association's IBA Webinar Series continues with "The FCC EEO Rules and How to Survive Them," Thursday, May 6, from 2-3pm. Veteran telecom lawyer Gregg Skall will put owners and managers on the path to license renewal and FCC EEO audit survival, without FCC fines and sanctions. More

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Alpha Media, Former CEO Wilson Battle in Filings with FCC
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
In an attempt to block the license renewals of four stations, former Alpha Media CEO Larry Wilson filed with the FCC earlier this month accusing the company of misleading the agency and making decisions without proper board approval. He also challenged Alpha's qualifications as a broadcast licensee. The move More

FCC Order Adopts New Foreign Sponsorship ID Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has adopted new rules mandating disclosures for foreign government-sponsored programming. Although U.S. law restricts foreign governments and their representatives from holding a broadcast license directly, there have been instances where such foreign governmental entities contract with the licensee More

Supreme Court Upholds FCC's Relaxed Ownership Rules
Federal Communication Commission
Federal Communication Commission
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Federal Communication Commission's moves to relax media ownership rules, handing down a unanimous ruling, 9-0. The justices found the FCC had acted reasonably in its 2017 regulatory rollback that was invalidated by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which More

FCC Proposes to Further Strenghten Emergency Alerting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their radios, mobile phones and televisions. The move comes as a false emergency alert was issued in Hawaii back in 2018 that mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted More

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