Sirius, XM Work with FCC to Settle FCC Enforcement Issues 

The sat casters hope to enter into a consent decree with the FCC to terminate inquiries launched in 2006

FCC Sets Schedule for TV White Spaces Tests 

The Commission is conducting tests of prototype white spaces devices as part of its rulemaking to consider authorizing the operation of new low-power devices in the TV broadcast spectrum

FCC's Martin Calls for Additional Sat Merger Conditions 

If Kevin Martin can get the other commissioners to commit to merger conditions, Martin hopes to vote on the matter at the Aug. 1, 2008, meeting

FCC Issues NPRM on Sponsor Identification 

The FCC feels it is important that the sponsorship identification rules protect the public's right to know who is paying to air commercials or other program matter on broadcast television and radio and cable

The Public and Broadcasting updated 

The new edition was released in connection with the FCC's ongoing localism proceeding and is intended to serve as a preliminary instruction manual for members of the public who want to raise issues with the FCC about station performance.

FCC's Martin Says OK to Sat Radio Merger 

Martin's approval is based on the merger meeting several conditions

FCC Issues Reminder on STA Filings for Emergencies 

: With the severe flooding in the Midwest, the FCC issued a reminder for licensees on the contact information to obtain emergency Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs)

FCC rejects NCE TV-6 waiver requests 

The FCC is now dismissing applications submitted in the October 2007 NCE filing window (or just before the window opened) that depend on waiting out the elimination of analog channel 6 TV stations next February in connection with the DTV transition.

Diversity in broadcasting 

The FCC's overarching goal here is to bring more minorities and women into the broadcast ownership ranks. Historically, these groups have not been represented in those ranks in the same proportion as their numbers in the overall U.S. population

FCC Updates Public and Broadcasting Manual 

The updated document includes links to places on the FCC's website that offer additional relevant information as to the matters discussed

Localism proceeding portends re-regulation of radio 

According to the Commission, the proposed rules are designed to address the perception that broadcasters may not be addressing the needs and interests of their communities sufficiently

FCC Issues Update on DST and PSRA/PSSA Operation 

The FCC clarifies how the change in daylight-saving time affects AM stations with PSRA and PSSA service hours.

Commission stepping up rule enforcement 

A Texas AM station was fined $8,800 for failing to maintain a main studio and power down at sunset. An FCC inspector, after checking on four successive days, could not find the station's main studio. While conducting this search the agent took signal measurements and determined that the station was not powering down at night as its license required.

LPFM rules and proposals released 

The news is generally good if you are an LPFM licensee, but bad for FM licensees who plan to make facilities changes that threaten displacement of an existing LPFM station.

FCC to Hold Open Meeting Jan. 17, 2008 

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting on Jan. 17, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street S.W., in Washington.

Problems and solutions 

In the eyes of broadcasters, December was a busy month for the FCC. Broadcasting is just one small part of the FCC’s concerns, so when several significant rulings are made at once, broadcasters naturally take notice. Two recent actions deal with broadcast ownership while another deals with programming localism. Now that the FCC has acted, there are more questions raised than answers provided.

FCC Adopts Protections for LPFM 

In a move designed to enhance the long-term viability of low-power FM stations and encourage new voices, the FCC has adopted and proposed additional rules, which will afford LPFM stations quasi-primary service status and provide other benefits.

FCC Adopts Localism Proposals 

The Federal Communications Commission has stepped into new territory with its Dec. 18 actions to try to ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.

FCC Looks to Promote Broadcast Ownership Diversity 

During its Dec. 18 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a report and order that it hopes will expand opportunities for new entrants and small businesses to own broadcast outlets.

FCC Votes to Allow Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership 

The long-awaited vote on the revision to the FCC's rules on cross ownership of a TV or radio station and a newspaper in the same market has taken place. The vote followed party lines with the Republicans winning 3-2.

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