Local Community Radio Act Signed into Law 

The effort was spearheaded by a group of community broadcasters and advocate groups including the Prometheus Radio Project.

Bad Economy Doesn't Mean Lax Rule Enforcement 

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has taken an increasingly strident stand against radio stations that violate FCC rules in spite of the difficult financial straits of the industry.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality 

The vote followed party lines 3-2.

FCC's Copps Proposes Public Value Test for License Renewal 

Part of Copps' plan would reduce the license renewal period from eight to four years.

LPFM/FM Translator Standoff Continues 

This deadlock began to develop shortly after the FM translator window in 2003, in which approximately 13,000 applications were filed.

FCC Launches Technology Experience Center 

The Technology Experience Center (FCC TEC), an on-site technology lab, will provide FCC employees and invited guests hands-on experience with the latest communications devices and solutions.

FCC Plans Crack-down on Silent Stations 

The Commission's records show that nearly 200 AM and FM stations reported being off-the-air as of Sept. 1, 2010.

FCC Forms Technological Advisory Council 

The Council, comprised of technical experts, will help the Commission to identify important areas of innovation and develop informed technology policies supporting America's competitiveness and job creation in the global economy.

FAA Pre-approval of FM Frequency Use on Hold 

In 2006 the FAA proposed to dramatically expand its influence over radio spectrum users – if not usurp the FCC in some areas of spectrum allocations.

Rice University to Test FCC's White-space Initiative 

The five-year project calls for Rice and Houston nonprofit Technology For All (TFA) to add white-space technology to a wide spectrum Wi-Fi network they jointly operate in Houston’s working-class East End neighborhood.

FCC Approves White Space Use 

This spectrum is regularly used for non-licensed auxiliary use, such as wireless mics and wireless IFB.

Political Broadcasting -- Election Year Update 

With mid-term elections around the corner it's a good time for broadcasters to review their procedures to assure compliance with the FCC's political advertising rules.

Realities of Media Ownership 

While the FCC defends it media ownership rules in court, some commissioners have a simplified view of what it takes to serve the public interest.

Public File Refresher 

While it is true there is little if any demand to see broadcast public files, the public file rule is still on the books and is one of the favorite items that an FCC inspector will ask for.

FCC Overhauling Antenna Structure Rules 

Due to changes in laws and enforcement policies at the state and federal levels, broadcasters may be able to legally carry ads for medical marijuana in states where medicinal use of the substance has been legalized.

FCC to Regulate Broadband Technology 

The commission has given itself the authority to regulate the transmission component of broadband Internet service.

Genachowski Asks for Bigger 2011 FCC Budget 

The 2011 budget proposal is an increase of approximately $19.4 million over 2010.

Medical Marijuana Ads OK in Some Circumstances 

Due to changes in laws and enforcement policies at the state and federal levels, broadcasters may be able to legally carry ads for medical marijuana in states where medicinal use of the substance has been legalized.

Earlier AM Pre-sunrise Operations Proposed 

The FCC has invited comments on a proposal that would permit earlier commencement of pre-sunrise (PSR) service by Class D and certain Class B AM stations.

Court Says "No" to Net Neutrality 

A D.C. court has concluded that the FCC lacks authority to require providers to treat Internet content with an even hand.

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