July 1, 2014   Client Alert From Womble Carlyle The FCC has proposed revisions to its Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules. The changes are in response to its first nationwide EAS test held on November 9, 2011 and are intended to enhance the reliability, utility and reach of the EAS, so as to provide the public with timely and accurate emergency alerts. The Commission acknowledges that since conducting the test it ...Read More
From CommLawBlog:  The Supreme Court has decided the Aereo case! And the answer is (dramatic drum roll): The Supremes, in a 6-3 vote, have reversed the Second Circuit’s decision – which means that the broadcasters have won this round. You can read the two opinions (those would be Justice Breyer's majority and Justice Scalia's dissent) here. We are hunkering down here in the CommLawBlog bunker to take a careful look ...Read More
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education announces the 12 schools chosen to compete in the annual Constitution Project, which will hold regional competitions during the fall 2014 semester and will culminate with championship rounds in Jefferson City later in the fall. This year’s competition will feature teams from: in the eastern region, Cardinal-Ritter College Preparatory High School in St. Louis, Clayton High School ...Read More
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From CommLawBlog:  It happens every spring: the annual announcement of proposed regulatory fees that the FCC’s regulatees will be called upon to shell out toward the end of summer. While the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) laying out the proposed fees has in recent years tended to pop up in early May (or even April, back in 2010), the Commission is running a tad late this time around. Never fear ...Read More
From CommLawBlog:  Broadcasters feeling the heat as another agency tries to help the music industry In its never-ending push-and-pull relationship with the music industry over copyright royalties, the radio industry currently faces assaults on multiple fronts. While the creation of a “performance right” (or, as broadcasters view it, a “performance tax”) appears to have been staved off for another year (according to the NAB), there are plenty of other threats ...Read More
From CommLawBlog:    The rules implementing the CALM Act have been changed. But don’t worry: the revised version won’t take effect for another year. The CALM Act, designed to make LOUD COMMERCIALS a thing of the past, was enacted in late 2010. The Commission diligently undertook the necessary follow-up rulemaking to implement the Act. The resulting rules were adopted in December, 2011; they took effect in December, 2012, per the schedule ...Read More