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Supreme Court Upholds FCC's Relaxed Ownership Rules
Federal Communication Commission
Federal Communication Commission
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Federal Communication Commission's moves to relax media ownership rules, handing down a unanimous ruling, 9-0. The justices found the FCC had acted reasonably in its 2017 regulatory rollback that was invalidated by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which included a rule allowing a single More

FCC Proposes to Further Strenghten Emergency Alerting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their radios, mobile phones and televisions. The move comes as a false emergency alert was issued in Hawaii back in 2018 that mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these More

NAB Releases New Training Course on FCC Radio Regs
The National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is offering a new online training course for radio stations containing critical information and guidelines for complying with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. "The Radio Rules! A Guide to FCC Regulations for Radio Stations" course More

GeoBroadcast, NAB File Reply Comments to FCC NPRM
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
In a reply to comments filing on Friday, GeoBroadcast Solutions sought to address industry concerns and speculations to its FCC request for a rule change that would allow the upgrade of decades-old FM booster rules by permitting, but not requiring, radio broadcasters to provide geo-targeted content for a small portion of a broadcast More

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Reps. Ask Biden To Make Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair
Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel
A coalition of more than 30 women in Congress are urging the Biden administration to elevate acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to permanent head of the agency, reports The Hill. The group says by doing so, it would install an experienced leader as well as be a historic choice. If President More

NAB Opposes FM Boosters to Air Geo-Targeted Content
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has submitted comments on the FCC's inquiry into whether to amend its rules to permit FM booster stations to originate programming. The Notice advances a Petition for Rulemaking filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions (GBS), which has developed technology to More

FCC Approves ZoneCasting Field Tests on KSJO/San Jose
GEOBroadcast Solutions
GEOBroadcast Solutions
The FCC has approved a GeoBroadcast Solutions application for experimental operation to build and operate two new co-located on-channel boosters at two discrete locations in order to garner additional data using the ZoneCasting FM booster system, which would provide broadcast radio the opportunity to air More

Alpha Media Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has entered into a restructuring agreement with certain lenders to reduce its debt, as well as raise incremental capital to allow the company to navigate current market conditions and pursue growth opportunities. The company expects no disruption to its broadcast operations, customers or More

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Townsquare Media Announces Significant Share Repurchase
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media has entered into an agreement to repurchase a minimum of 10 million of the 12.5 million shares of Class A common stock, shares of Class B common stock and warrants held by funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. for $6.40 per security, which reflects a 19% More

Jessica Rosenworcel Named Acting Chairwoman for the FCC
Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel
President Joseph R. Biden has named FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. She was sworn in as a Democratic Commissioner in 2017 and replaces outgoing Chairman Ajit Pai. Rosenworcel was previously re-nominated in December, 2015, and the Senate More

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 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 More

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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 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 More

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

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