FCC Update

The FCC Update column covers news and information from the Federal Communications Commission and Capitol Hill, and other legislative actions.

Tower Rules Update 

Lee Petro discusses the latest on tower structure registration rules

FCC Tees Up Some Late-Summer Business 

Lee Petro reports on the FCC's latest actions

LPFM on The March 

Summary of the June FCC meeting

Media Ownership Rules Up for Review 

Every four years, the FCC is required to review its media ownership rules to determine if any of the rules should be revised.

Regulating E-Cigarettes, LPFMs, and Digital-Only Political Ads 

Lee Petro reviews several subjects discussed at the 2014 NAB Show.

On-air Missteps to Avoid 

Lee Petro reviews several on-air missteps that can lead to sizable forfeitures.

FCC Enforcement Items to Watch 

Lee Petro recaps recent FCC violations so you can learn from the mistakes of others.

Avoid Advertising Issue Pitfalls 

Notes about online gambling and electronic cigarettes.

Amping Up the AM Service 

Lee Petro recaps the FCC's call for comments on a bevy of proposed rule changes intended to revitalize the AM broadcast service.

FCC: Biennial Form 323 Must be Filed by 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2013 

The Commission's systems, including CDBS, will become unavailable after business hours on the evening of the filing deadline.

Update on LPFM Window and Foreign Investment in Licenses 

The FCC has been busy since the government shutdown in October 2013.

FCC Clarifies Broadcast Foreign Ownership Policy 

The ruling clarifies the Commission's intent to review applications and petitions for declaratory rulings proposing such ownership on a case-by-case basis.

FCC Acts to Stop Use of False EAS Tones 

The agency reacted to growing consumer complaints that TV and radio commercials are misusing EAS tones.

FCC Looks to Update RF Exposure Rules 

After a decade of discussion, some changes have been implemented.

Government Shutdown Causes FCC Delays 

Following a nearly three-week shutdown, the FCC took steps to address the effect of the government closure.

FCC Issues NPRM on AM Improvements 

Commissioner Pai has been a champion of AM. Some of the ideas he has voiced have been put in the NPRM.

Senate Confirms Tom Wheeler as FCC Chairman 

Mike O'Rielly is also confirmed as a commissioner

FCC Plans Orderly Shutdown with Congress Missing Deadline 

Some 1,700 employees are furloughed since Congress missed the Oct 1, 2013, deadline.

Key Theme at Radio Show: AM Revitalization 

Recent statements by FCC Chairwoman Clyburn and Commissioner Pai have shed light on potential changes to the AM band.

Net Neutrality Fight Continues with Verizon vs. the FCC 

The fight over an unfiltered vs. pay for performance Internet delivery continues, this time with a legal suit.

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