‘Can We Save Regulation At The FCC?’

Mark Jamison, a visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communication, and Technology who serves as Director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida, has been vocal about his desire to reform the FCC. In this Media Information Bureau column, Jamison hopes Chairman Ajit Pai and his colleagues "continue to fight back and return the agency to its former solid analytical footing" — and away from "regulation by drama."
Entercom

Entercom Gets Second Request For CBS Radio Deal Info

Entercom Communications on Wednesday (4/19) received a request for additional information and documentary material, often referred to as a “second request,” from the Department of Justice in regard to its Reverse Morris Trust-fueled tax-free merger with CBS Radio.
NAB / National Association of Broadcasters

NAB Seeks FCC Rulemaking On Potential Translator Interference

The FCC on Thursday received a petition for rulemaking from the NAB regarding the potential interference caused by FM translators to full-power radio stations. Specifically, the NAB proposed certain rule and policy changes designed to provide translator licensees greater flexibility to resolve any interference issues, and to facilitate "the efficient disposition of interference complaints against translators."

FCC Gives Green Light On Consent Agenda

The FCC unanimously approved its April Open Meeting Consent Agenda on Thursday. Up for consideration were an item involving a now-defunct low power TV station and a CP for an FM in Washington State.

Noncomms Get Relief In Two FCC Decisions

Much fun -- including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai singing the chorus to a Rick Astley classic -- was seen at the start of a meeting that involved the Commission's relaxation of third-party fundraising restrictions for noncommercial radio and TV stations. The Commission also made a party-line 2-1 ruling that made optional a previously mandatory requirement that compelled the officers and board members of noncommercial educational stations to report personal information. We've got the details.

Clyburn Assails UHF Discount’s ‘Resurrection’

Mignon Clyburn's impassioned argument against the reversal of a Wheeler Commission decision to dump the discount fell on the deaf ears of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, with its reinstatement approved just after Noon in a party-line 2-1 vote.
FCC

This D.C. Law Firm Wants The Main Studio Rule Removed

A Petition for Rulemaking that seeks the initiation of a proceeding that would repeal the radio an TV Main Studio Rule was filed on Thursday with the Commission.
U.S. Congress

Pelosi, Pallone Plead To Pai On Nixing UHF Discount Return

Two key leaders of the House of Representatives have engaged in a last-minute — and likely futile — fight to get the FCC's key Republican leadership to stop its push to restore the UHF discount used to calculate compliance with the national television audience reach cap.

Here’s Where William T. Lake Will Now Work

The former FCC Media Bureau Chief and veteran communications lawyer has joined one of the nation's most prominent communications law firms. He will provide counsel to clients on a variety of telecommunications and media issues.

MMTC Supports Broadcast Incubator Program Plan

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council on Monday filed comments with the FCC supporting the creation of a broadcast incubator program. MMTC has been trying to persuade the FCC to create such a program since 1990, and these comments contain the history of the program, and describe how the program would work.

FCC Proposes A $400K+ Fine For NYPD-Tampering Pirate

A New York City resident may have to fork over upward of $400,000 for his unauthorized operation of a radio transmitter on frequencies that the FCC has licensed to the New York Police Department, causing interference with the NYPD radio system while threatening officers. That's the maximum penalty the FCC can hand out, and this individual is currently in police custody for related charges.
FCC

Here Are The FCC’s Incentive Auction Results

In a press briefing held Thursday afternoon, the final results of the FCC's first-of-its-kind incentive auction were officially shared with the public. Were T-Mobile and Comcast the big spectrum auction winners? We have the answer, and additional insight from three key senior FCC staff members. We can also tell you that a Chicago UHF is getting more than $300 million for its participation in the auction.

A New CGB Bureau Chief For The FCC

The current Bureau Chief for the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) has decided to return to the private sector. As a result, a Jenner & Block attorney has been singled out by Chairman Ajit Pai as her replacement.
FCC

Longtime FCC Senior Staffer Roy Stewart Dies

Stewart, who joined the FCC in 1965 and spent 44 years at the Commission — most notably as Chief and Senior Deputy Bureau Chief of the former Mass Media Bureau — died Monday (4/10) after a brief illness. The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was 78 and lived in Northern Virginia.

Atlanta, Detroit TV Stations Take Top NABEF Honors

A TEGNA Media TV station in Atlanta and a Graham Media Group VHFer in Detroit have been honored with two top honors by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF). Cox Media Group's WEDR "99 Jamz" in Miami is also getting a NABEF Service to America Award -- and is the lone commercially licensed FM getting such an honor.

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