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.

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.

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.

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.

FCC Approves HD Radio Power Increase 

In authorizing the increase, the Commission brushed aside most of the interference concerns raised by non-HD Radio stations.

McNerney introduces House Companion Bill to S.2881 

Jerry McNerney of California introduced the legislation, which was promoted by the SBE.

Annual National EAS Test Proposed 

Under the proposed rules, all EAS participants will have to tell the FCC whether they received the test, whether they retransmitted it, and if there was a problem, exactly what that was.

FCC Extends EAS Reply Comment Date 

An additional two weeks have been granted to file comments and reply comments on EB Docket No. 04-296.

Back to the Drawing Board for Form 323 

On Dec. 23, 2009, the FCC again postponed the filing deadline for commercial station biennial ownership reports, this time indefinitely.

FCC Issues Further NPRM to Nationally Test EAS 

The FCC, FEMA, the NWS and the EOP have begun planning for a national EAS test, with subsequent tests to occur thereafter.

Technical support at the FCC...finally 

Senate bill S.2881 -- the FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act -- aims to provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.

LPFM relief bill nears passage 

The bill is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate. A corresponding House bill cleared Committee in mid-October. Assuming the White House approves, too, third-adjacent channel protections could be repealed during the first quarter of 2010.

NPR asks FCC to end TV-6 protection rules 

The NPR proposal is unrelated to the proposals of the Minority Media and Communications Council and the Broadcast Maximization Committee, which want the FCC to look into the allocation of current TV-5 and TV-6 spectrum for use by radio broadcasters.

Engineers propose abandonment of ratchet rule 

The ratchet rule was adopted in the early 1990s as part of an effort to reduce interference in the AM band.

New Form 323 to require multiple FRNs 

The most striking proposed change is that the new Form 323 requires that every person or entity holding an “attributable” interest must have his/her/its own FRN which must in turn be reported in the new form.

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