FCC Repack Site Visits

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

In a Public Notice last month, the FCC announced that a post-implementation site visit program was beginning and that its third-party contractor would be reaching out to randomly selected repack stations to schedule visits.  To our knowledge, those contacts have not yet begun, and we have heard no reports from TV stations scheduling a visit.  […]

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TV Auction 112 Update

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

The short-form application deadline of March 30th has now passed for entities interested in bidding on 27 full power television station construction permits.  The FCC’s TV Auction 112 Public Notice provides additional details about the auction and related procedures. The FCC will next issue a public notice announcing those applicants whose short form applications are […]

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FCC Foreign Sponsorship ID Rules In Effect

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

Despite pending litigation over the legality of the new foreign sponsorship identification rules, the FCC announced that they became effective March 15, 2022.  A court hearing in April will consider whether the new rules impose unnecessary burdens under the First Amendment, but a decision in that case is not expected for several months, and may […]

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Media Bureau Issues Two Tentative Selectee Orders for new NCE Radio Stations

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

During March, the FCC issued two orders tentatively selecting applicants from mutually exclusive groups to be awarded NCE radio station construction permits.  The first was issued on March 9 and the second on March 24.  An earlier decision also selected a tribal entity as selectee. Applicants selected in the orders must now wait for 30 […]

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FCC Issues Heavy Punishment to LPTV Broadcaster

Posted on March 31st, 2022 by

On March 7, 2022, the FCC entered into a significant Consent Decree with a low power television station licensee.  The licensee had relocated several stations multiple times in violation of the FCC’s policy requiring that facilities be permanently constructed.  In one case, a station had been “hopped” to different temporary locations eight times in order […]

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Dates to Remember

Posted on February 28th, 2022 by

March 17, 2022 Window to file Short Form 175 Application in Auction 112 for any of 27 full power television construction permits opens at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. March 22, 2022 Full power and Class A TV stations assigned to Incentive Auction Repack Phases 6-10: Deadline to file all documentation and invoices for reimbursement of […]

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Joe Chautin to Interview FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington

Posted on February 28th, 2022 by

Our firm’s managing partner, Joe Chautin, will be attending the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention in Nashville, Tennessee from March 7-11.  Joe will interview FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington in a “fireside chat” format from 9:30 – 10:45 am on Wednesday March 9, in the Delta C/D Main Ballroom.  Joe will also host a workshop on the […]

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New FCC Media and Enforcement Bureau Chiefs, General Counsel

Posted on February 28th, 2022 by

Effective February 1, 2022, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel appointed new chiefs of the Media and Enforcement Bureaus. Holly Saurer is now chief of the Media Bureau, succeeding Michelle Carey.  Saurer has been Rosenworcel’s Legal Advisor for Media for the past year and previously served as Deputy Bureau Chief, Associate Bureau Chief, Senior Legal Advisor and […]

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Got TV Repack Funds?  The FCC May Be Visiting You.

Posted on February 28th, 2022 by

In a recent Public Notice providing an update on the post-2017 auction of television spectrum and repacking of stations into channels 2-36, the FCC addressed the status of allocations based upon remaining funds and reminded full power and Class A TV stations assigned to repack phases 6-10 to file for final expenses by the previously-announced […]

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FCC Updates Broadcast Radio Technical Rules

Posted on February 28th, 2022 by

In a Report & Order released February 17, 2022, the FCC updated several of its broadcast radio technical rules that were either outdated or unnecessary. All but one of the proposed changes in the proceeding were adopted.  The changes included (1) eliminating the maximum rated transmitter power limit rule for AM stations set out in […]

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