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IBA Creates Member Legal Hotline Staffed by TLP
Independent Broadcasters Association
Independent Broadcasters Association
The IBA has established a legal hotline service for the Independent Broadcasters Association with its association legal counsel, Telecommunications Law Professionals (TLP). Through this service IBA membership will be offered the opportunity to sign up for a cost-effective legal hotline service staffed by TLP. IBA Executive Director More

Geo-Broadcast NPRM in Published in Federal Register
The U.S. Federal Register has published the official notification from the Federal Communications Commission's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) adopted on November 20, 2020, and released on December 1, 2020. The NPRM seeks input regarding changes that could allow FM broadcasters to use these booster stations to air geo-targeted More

NAB Files Reply Brief with SCOTUS on Media Ownership
NAB
NAB
NAB filed with the Supreme Court on Friday in its media ownership appeal. The reply brief is related to an appeal by the FCC and NAB to the Supreme Court of a ruling by the Third Circuit that blocked the FCC's 2017 quadrennial review order implementing changes to its broadcast ownership rules. Oral arguments are scheduled for January 19. More

Senate Confirms Nathan Simington as FCC Commissioner
Nathan Simington
Nathan Simington
The full Senate on Tuesday confirmed Republican Nathan Simington to a five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. The longtime telecom lawyer was confirmed in a 49-46 vote, filling the Republican seat previously occupied by Michael O'Rielly, after President Trump declined to renew the sitting Republican commissioner for a More

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FCC Seeks Comment on Geo-Targeting with FM Boosters
In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC is seeking comment on whether to modify the Commission's rules governing the operation of FM booster stations by FM radio broadcasters in certain limited circumstances. Consistent with the petition for rulemaking submitted by GeoBroadcast Solutions, the NPRM seeks More

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Step Down on Inauguration Day
Ajit Pai
Ajit Pai
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Monday that he'll depart the agency on President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration day, January 20, ending his four-year run as Chairman. "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as Chairman of the FCC over the More

Reps. Request FCC Suspends Partisan, Controversial Items
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Representatives Frank Pallone and Mike Doyle have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission requesting the agency to only pursue consensus and administrative matters that are non-partisan for the remainder of their tenure due to the presidential transition. In a statement, Commissioner More

FCC Okays Boost in Foreign Ownership Cap in iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
The FCC's Media Bureau ruled in favor of a petition for declaratory ruling filed by iHeartMedia on July 25 to permit iHM to exceed the 25% benchmark for foreign investment. In a SEC filing, iHeartMedia said under reorganization and emergence from proceedings of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code on May 1, that it More

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FCC Okays Boost in Foreign Ownership Cap in iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
The FCC's Media Bureau ruled in favor of a petition for declaratory ruling filed by iHeartMedia on July 25 to permit iHM to exceed the 25% benchmark for foreign investment. In a SEC filing, iHeartMedia said under reorganization and emergence from proceedings of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code on May 1, that it More

FCC's Starks Issues Statement on GeoBroadcast Proposal
Geoffrey Starks
Geoffrey Starks
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks has issued a statement regarding the circulation of a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on modifying the Commission's FM Booster Rules to permit geo-targeted content. "The use of geo-targeted content could provide a way for minority-owned stations to better More

FCC Order Allows AM Stations to Broadcast All-Digital Signal
The FCC issued a Report and Order adopting rules to allow AM radio stations to broadcast an all-digital signal using the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode named MA3.1 The agency says that a voluntary conversion to all-digital broadcasting will benefit many AM stations and their More

FCC Symposium on Access to Capital for Small Broadcasters
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a public notice announcing that the agency's Access to Capital Working Group of its Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the FCC's Media Bureau will co-host a virtual symposium entitled Path to Media Ownership and Sustainability on November 6, from 9am to 5pm More

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FCC's Starks Sees Radio Geo-Targeting Path Towards Diversity
Geo Broadcast Solutions
Geo Broadcast Solutions
A step toward increasing media content diversity, without exerting additional legislative authority, would be to revise the FM booster rule to allow geo-targeted content to originate from FM booster stations, said FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to Hispanic broadcasters last week in remarks on "The Enduring More

FCC's Pai Says Agency Will Move to Regulate Social Media
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday that the agency will seek to regulate social media platforms after President Trump's executive order signed earlier this year petitioned the Commission to clarify ambiguities in section 230, which provides platforms the broad legal immunity over content posted by their More

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear FCC Media Ownership Dispute
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal by the Federal Communications Commission and the National Association of Broadcasters to a lower court ruling blocking changes to broadcast media ownership regulations. The nearly two-decade dispute contests the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling More

Geo-Targeted Radio Emergency Alerts Are Potential Lifeline
GEO Broadcast Solutions
GEO Broadcast Solutions
The FCC is currently considering a proposed rule change to allow local radio stations to use FM boosters in Single Frequency Networks -- with technology dubbed ZoneCasting developed by GeoBroadcast Solutions -- to broadcast over-the-air geo-targeted alerts to different broadcast zones to reach the public More

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