FCC Profanity Rule Headed to Supreme Court 

The U.S. Solicitor General has signaled his intent to ask the Supreme Court to review a recent appeals court decision invalidating the FCC's rule against the use of fleeting expletives on the air.

FCC may help daytime AM stations 

In addition to the previously-reported proceeding looking toward allowing AM stations (including day-timers) to rebroadcast on FM translators, the FCC received comments in August on a petition for rulemaking that proposes a number of improvements to the post-sunset service rules on the AM side.

FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Launches Disaster Information Reporting System 

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission has launched an automated Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

FCC Seeks Applicants for Training Program 

The Federal Communications Commission announced that it is seeking applications from engineering school graduates with superior academic credentials and an interest in communications engineering for its 2007 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program.

Is the Fairness Doctrine returning? 

The Fairness Doctrine, introduced in 1949, required broadcasters to cover controversial issues of public importance and to provide balanced views on such issues even if that meant giving access to diverse groups.

IBOC Rule Changes Kick in Sept. 14, 2007 

Publication of the FCC's Second Report and Order in the Federal Register on Aug. 16 means that the long-awaited IBOC digital radio rule changes will become the law of the land on Sept. 14.

FCC Issues NPRM on AM Use of FM Translators 

On July 14, 2006, the National Association of Broadcasters filed a petition for rulemaking proposing an amendment to the FCC Rules to allow AM broadcast stations to operate FM translator stations.

IBOC Rules Published in Federal Register 

The FCC's final rules on IBOC have been published in the Federal Register. With this publication, the details of the second report and order from May 2007 will go into effect. One significant change is that AM stations will be allowed to operate IBOC at night after Sept. 14.

FCC Considers NCE FM Application Cap for October Filing Window 

On April 4, 2007, the Federal Communications Commission announced a filing window from Oct. 12, 2007 until Oct. 19, 2007, for FM reserved-band applications for noncommercial educational (NCE) FM new station and major change applications.

FCC launches EAS makeover 

The new EAS rules are designed to facilitate delivery of emergency information across a variety of platforms in a digital format and to provide improved access for disabled persons. The change likely to have the greatest impact on broadcasters is the FCC's adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) for all EAS participants.

FCC Seeks Comment on Media Ownership Studies 

The Federal Communications Commission has released 10 research studies on media ownership as part of MB Docket 06-121.

FCC Releases White Space Interference Report 

On Oct. 12, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a first report and order and further notice of proposed rule making in ET Docket Nos. 04-186 and 02-380, 21 FCC Rcd 12266 (2006) authorizing the operation of new low power devices in the TV broadcast spectrum at locations where individual channels/frequencies are not being used for authorized services.

FCC Opens Comment Window on PSRA/PSSA Rulemaking 

A petition from Ed Schober of Radiotechniques Engineering to modify the pre-sunrise and post-sunset authority rules for AM broadcast stations has been opened for comment with the FCC.

FCC Issues EAS Order 

From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS.

FCC Issues EAS Order 

The FCC's update to the Emergency Alert System rules, which has been stalled for some time, has been released. From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS. The protocol will be required for use once FEMA formally adopts it.

Being duly diligent in station operations 

Take some time to ensure that basic legal and FCC rule obligations are met when taking over as the chief operator at a station.

Low-power follow-up 

Larry Fuss wrote a letter to Senator Harry Reid about the senator's involvement in obtaining a licensed for a pirate radio station. Fuss shares the senator's reply with us.

New directional measurement techniques proposed 

A group of broadcasters, consultants and manufacturers have petitioned the FCC to allow moment method modeling of AM directional arrays as a ways to reduce the burden of taking field strength readings in determining coverage.

FCC Issues NPRM on XM/Sirius Merger 

The FCC has issued a request for comments on the proposed XM/Sirius merger.

FCC Announces Agenda for Public Hearing on Localism 

The Federal Communications Commission released further details of its previously announced Portland, ME, field hearing regarding localism. The hearing will be held on June 28 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Portland High School.

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