The Acting Bureau Chief of the FCC's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau need not rely on a script or any improvisation. That's because she's no longer acting in this role.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Saturday (6/10) made his first-ever trip to Wyoming, culminating what he told the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters was a "two-man buddy odyssey" that saw Pai drive from Milwaukee for nearly a week with his senior counsel Nick Degani. In an address to WAB Convention attendees, Pai applauded local broadcasters and the power of AM radio while noting how one Minnesota broadcaster believes the Main Studio Rule is a "killer." He also revealed his affection for Taco John's, his post-WAB address destination.
Thanks, Obama. That's a hashtag that the Phoenix Center may wish to use on Twitter in sharing the results of a new economic analysis that assails the Obama Administration for an "aggressive regulatory agenda" at the FCC that led to nearly $40 billion in reduced telecommunication sector investment.
There's a bit of glasnost at the FCC under the chairmanship of Ajit Pai not seen under previous Chairman Tom Wheeler. This has been extended to the release of Notices of Unlicensed Operation to the public. There have been a flurry of them of late, and it shows that the New York office of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau has gotten tough on pirate radio operators across the Tri-State area.
Less than 24 hours after the Recording Academy revealed that it has gained additional bipartisan support in the House of Representatives for its "Fair Pay Fair Play Act," the NAB-supported "Local Radio Freedom Act" has attracted two more backers in the lower body of Congress.
The FCC has opened up its window for nominations for membership on its Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. A Chairperson is also sought for the forthcoming committee, which would see tenures of two years for members and become active this autumn.
As of late May, little was heard on House legislation that would essentially tax any radio station that plays music. Now, 15 politicians — including a rising star in the Democratic party — have signed on as co-sponsors. They see the bill as a way to "reform music licensing for sound recordings in a logical, comprehensive way and close current corporate radio loopholes."
A former Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice lawyer has gotten the full nod as Director of the FCC's Office of Communications Business Opportunity. He's served as Acting Director since December 2016, and from May 1999 until his promotion served as an FCC attorney.
The Media Bureau has released the comment deadline and reply comment deadline, respectively, for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the matter of the elimination of the FCC's Main Studio Rule.
The NAB has asked the FCC to give displaced low-power TV stations and television translator facilities the ability to operate on an alternative channel until the FCC processes its displacement applications. Not doing so could jeopardize the continuity of service to viewers, the NAB argues.
If you're wondering where FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will be next week, don't look to the Portals or anywhere around the National Capital Region. That's because he'll be on the road, driving across five states in a 1,100-mile tour devoted to rural broadband concerns that will conclude with an address at the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters Convention.
A federal appeals court late Thursday declined to grant an FCC request that would have avoided a stay of its vote that reinstated the "UHF discount." But, it's only an administrative stay—giving the court a bit more time to look at arguments for and against eased restrictions on station ownership.
"We have different members that are going to lead on different issues," Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, said in an interview with C-SPAN conducted before the Memorial Day holiday. "Billy Long is leading the work on media ownership." Who's he? He just may be radio's biggest fan on Capitol Hill, this RBR+TVBR INFOCUS report uncovers.
If you think the radio industry has a battle on its hands with dueling legislation that would impose new royalty fees on music airplay at AM and FM stations, the cable TV industry may have an equally large fight on its hands. On June 20, comments are due on proposed regulations that would require covered cable systems to pay a separate per-telecast royalty.
The Commission has taken the next step in keeping AM radio stations fiscally healthy by opening an auction filing window to allow the licensees of Class C and D AMs that didn't participate in either of the 2016 modification windows to file applications that would create a new FM translator.