September 10, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC -- Upon learning of the removal of the "Local Choice" broadcast-only a la carte proposal from the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA) by the Senate Commerce Committee, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: "NAB is thankful for the consideration Senate Commerce Committee members gave the 'Local Choice' proposal and for recognizing the unintended negative consequences ...Read More
From CommLawBlog:   Broadcasters let out a small sigh of relief today when the FCC made clear there is no requirement that TV stations have private investigators on staff. With TV stations' political files now available online, three political activist organizations have been jointly filing complaints against TV stations alleging various errors and omissions in online public file paperwork relating to political ad buys by third-party advertisers. These three organizations, the ...Read More
The FCC has set a deadline of September 23 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2014 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held on October 1, 2013. While the FCC has adopted three significant revisions to its regulatory fee program, they will only apply next year and not this time: (1) fees will be waived for any entity with aggregate fees of less than $500; (2) the ...Read More
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From NAB SmartBrief:   HD Radio receivers won't be included in 2015 models for several General Motors brands, including Chevrolet's Traverse, Silverado and Impala and Buick's Enclave and Regal. "While HD Radio receivers remain in all Cadillac models, there will be some slowdown in adoption with other GM brands for a period of time," said iBiquity Digital's Joe D'Angelo. However, "soon, close to 40% of all new vehicles sold in America ...Read More
The FCC has announced revisions to update and conform its Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) rules to the current practices of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with which it shares authority for communications towers over 200 feet high or proximate to airport runways.   A Client Alert has been posted in the Legal section of this website.   From CommLawCenter New Post: At Long Last, FCC Updates Its Tower Rules Posted August ...Read More