FCC Releases 2012 Regulatory Fee Schedule 

The fees will be collected in September 2012.

The MADness of the Digimedia Patent Claim 

The actions by Mission Abstract Data has led to intense anger from stations, and the fear of the assured destruction of the financial health of many licensees.

FAA Adopts New Tower Lighting Guidelines 

Depending on the height of the tower, the FAA will require the upgrade of the medium-intensity lights for communications towers between 500 and 2,000 feet.

New Tower Rules Mean New Procedures 

In December 2011, the Commission issued an order relating to the registration process for the construction of communication towers. The new rules affect both the construction of new towers, and modifications to existing towers under certain circumstances.

Senate Confirms Pai and Rosenworcel as FCC Commissioners 

Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel bring the FCC to its full compliment.

FCC Issues NPRM on FY2012 Regulatory Fees 

The FCC plans to raise nearly $340 million from regulatory fees in 2012.

Radio and the Social Internet 

As stations move more of their content online, and encourage online exchanges with their audience, there are new responsibilities beyond FCC rules.

FCC Changes Position on TTS for CAP and EAS 

TTS is now allowed - on a voluntary basis - for CAP.

FCC Updates LPFM Channel Finder 

The updated search tool incorporates changes required by the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, particularly the elimination of third-adjacent channel LPFM spacing requirements.

New Translators and Possibly Thousands of LPFM Stations 

In March 2012, the FCC passed two report and order actions and a further notice of proposed rulemaking to do just that.

FCC Acts on LPFM and Translator Rules 

The actions were taken to implement the Local Community Radio Act of 2011 (LCRA) and provide opportunities for new LPFM stations to be licensed to local communities.

FCC Publishes Fifth Report and Order on EAS 

The new rules take effect April 30, 2012.

FCC Issues Rulings on Low Power FM and Translators 

The rulings set new caps for applicants and markets, and adopts new rules to implement the Local Community Radio Act of 2010.

Translator Moves Targeted by FCC 

Lee Petro further explores the FCC's policy to slow processing of FM translator applications where the licensees have moved a facility long distances through a series of minor change applications.

FCC Reform Bill Gets Approval from NAB, Others 

Key points of the bills: consolidate some FCC reporting requirements, codify the unofficial shot clock for merger reviews and limit the types of conditions the agency can place on transactions.

Potentially Sticky Political Pitfalls 

Lee Petro discusses several potentially sticky situations broadcasters should try to avoid during political ad season.

FCC Releases Fifth EAS Report and Order 

Some highlights: CAP converters are allowed, but governor must-carry is denied.

Political Ad Season Reminders 

With the increased political ad activity comes broadcasters' responsibility to ensure compliance with political broadcasting rules and policies. Lee Petro reviews several of the main topics every broadcaster should know.

FCC Extends Deadline for Asymmetrical Sideband Comments 

The new deadlines add an additional two weeks. The new comment deadline is Jan. 3, 2012.

A Change in Interference Protection Rules? 

A recent petition for rulemaking filed with the Commission would change the interference protection rules for the non-reserved FM band to largely match the rules in other services.

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