This is Womble Carlyle’s blog on communication law and the mass media. The blog’s author comments on news and legal developments affecting the broadcast industry.
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In a civilized society, there is an ever-changing social compact regarding words or points of view which, for the lack of a better term, are socially incorrect.I have great problems with our government trying to legislate which words or points of view are socially incorrect. Thank goodness for our...
The FCC today adopted a decision on digital radio that does the following:(1) HD operation will now be allowed without prior authority, even for dual antenna operations. Thus, no further need to apply for STAs for dual antenna operations.(2) Nighttime AM HD operations are now authorized.(3) HD...
The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau and its Regional and Field Offices has shown no let-up in enforcing the Commission's local public file rules. In an effort to assist stations in compliance with the local public file rule, we have created one page local public file...
The National Telecommunication and Information Administration of the US Department of Commerce (NTIA) on March 13 created a new $1.5 billion dollar market for consumer settop equipment designed to convert digital television signals to analog signals. Pursuant to the Digital Television Transition...
While the FCC is considering a petition for rulemaking filed last summer by the NAB to allow AM stations to be carried on FM translators, the FCC has gone ahead and granted two AM stations special temporary authority to proceed now with rebroadcasting their stations on FM translators. The stations...
The FCC's new radio station city of license change rules, informally known as "Allocations Streamlining," will be effective on January 19, 2007 as a result of being published in the Federal Register. On that same date, the Commission is lifting its freeze on the filing of new petitions for...
The FCC, in a document titled Auction of FM Broadcast Construction Permits Scheduled For March 7, 2007; Notice and Filing Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments and Other Procedures For Auction No. 70, announced a filing window for the filing of FM Auction Short Form Applications...
On a voluntary remand from the 2nd Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the FCC on November 6, 2006 gave a second look to its earlier determination that four television programs, "The 2002 Billboard Music Awards," "The 2003 Billboard Music Awards," "NYPD Blue," and "The Early Show", contained...
The FCC at its meeting this morning (11/2/2006) adopted the "Allocations Streamlining" item which allows for AM and FM stations to change city of license through the filing of a minor change application. Previously, to change a city of license, an FM station had to use rule making procedures, and...
On the heels of the FCC's announced January, 2007 FM auction in which only 9 FM stations are to be auction (most being auctioned for the second time around), the FCC has announced an auction of 124 FM construction permits to commence on March 7, 2007. At this point, the Commission has released a...