FCC Acts on LPFM, FM Translators 

According to the FCC, processing approximately 6,000 FM translator applications and setting the rules of the road for LPFM are the last steps necessary before opening a window for community groups to seek new low power FM licenses starting in October 2013.

Wireless News and FM Auction Update 

Since the FCC's inquiry on wireless mics on TV channels 2 through 51, there have been new developments that will likely impact the use of wireless mics and other low-power devices in vacant spaces on TV channels, and the FCC has now invited a new round of public comment to refresh the record.

FCC Investigates Market Mod Modifications 

The FCC is tweaking its rules relating to community of license changes for radio stations. Part of the effort is to ensure that rural areas retain local radio service.

What Went Down at the 2012 Radio Show? 

Lee Petro looks at the big discussion items at the 2012 Radio Show.

FCC Forfeitures, Fines and Decrees 

August in Washington usually means very little rulemaking action at the FCC. With the lawmakers gearing up for a fall busy with FM translator/LPFM matters and spectrum auctions, the enforcement arm of the FCC was in full swing, issuing forfeiture orders and reaching consent decrees on a number of different issues.

Updates on Regulatory Fees, Tower Registration and MAD 

Lee Petro provides a regulatory potpourri on regulatory fees, tower registration and the Mission Abstract Data claims.

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.

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