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Tom Wheeler Confirmed As FCC Chair – What Broadcast Issues Will the New FCC be Addressing?

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Auctions, Digital Television, General FCC, Indecency, Programming Regulations, Uncategorized
At long last, it appears that we will soon have a complete FCC, as the Senate has approved the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the next FCC Chairman, and Michael O’Rielly for the other vacancy on the FCC.  The nomination of Mr. Wheeler had been held up by Senator Ted Cruz on grounds that he … Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comments on Reimbursable Costs of TV Stations Changing Channels as Part of Repacking of TV Spectrum for Incentive Auctions, and Announces Panels to Discuss the Process

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Auctions, Digital Television, Television
We have not written as much as we should have about the current FCC proceeding looking to reclaim parts of the television spectrum in order to repurpose it for auction to wireless users. The process by which the FCC will pay some broadcasters to give up their spectrum (the "incentive auction"), and get the money to … Continue Reading

June FCC Obligations for Broadcasters – Renewals, EEO, FM Translator and Auction Filings, and Comments on Regulatory Fees, Indecency, and Incentive Auction Band Plan

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Auctions, FCC Fees, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Indecency, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting, Television
As is the case with most months, June brings a number of FCC deadlines for broadcasters, both standard regulatory filings and comment deadlines in important regulatory proceedings. The regular filing deadlines include license renewal applications due on June 3 (as June 1 is a Saturday) for Commercial and Noncommercial Full-Power and Class A Television Stations, TV … Continue Reading

April FCC Obligations for Broadcasters – Renewals, EEO, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Captioning of Live or Near-Live Online Programming, FM Translator Filings, an FM Auction and Comments on Alien Ownership

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, EEO Compliance/Diversity, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Internet Video, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting, On Line Media, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television, Website Issues
April is one of those months in which many FCC obligations are triggered for broadcasters. There are the normal obligations, like the Quarterly Issues Programs lists, that need to be in the public file of all broadcast stations, radio and TV, commercial and noncommercial, by April 10. Quarterly Children’s television reports are due to be submitted … Continue Reading

February Legal Deadlines for Broadcasters – Online Public File, Review of Incentive Auction Comments, Filing Deadline for FM Auction, and Lots of Renewals and EEO Public File Reports

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Auctions, Digital Television, EEO Compliance/Diversity, General FCC, License Renewal, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
February is almost upon us, and it brings a host of regulatory obligations for broadcasters – as well as the filing deadline for those interested in pursuing new FM channels in an upcoming auction, and a number of opportunities to comment on important FCC proceedings. The week before last, TV NewsCheck published our latest quarterly … Continue Reading

FCC Sets Deadlines and Procedures for the April 2013 Auction of 112 New FM Channels – February 6 Deadline for Applications to Participate

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
112 new FM channels will be available in the next auction for new FM channels (referred to by the FCC as "Auction 94") to be held beginning April 23, 2013. To participate, interested parties must file their "short form" applications – setting out information about the ownership of the applicant and the channels in which they are interested – by February … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Auction for 117 New FM Channels – And Freezes Certain FM Applications that Could Affect Those Channels

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
Do you want to start a new FM station?   In what seems to have become a yearly event, the FCC has released a list of 117 new FM channels to be auctioned (a list that also includes the proposed minimum bid for each channel). The FCC also issued a “freeze” on FM applications that could impact these channels. The … Continue Reading

Congress Authorizes FCC Incentive Auctions to Clear Part of Broadcast TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Users – The Details of the Legislation

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Auctions, Digital Television, Television
Congress finally has given to the FCC authority to conduct spectrum auctions to reclaim parts of the TV spectrum for wireless users, and most DC-based industry associations, including the NAB, have reacted favorably. For a process that was so controversial, this seems like a very favorable result. Television stations, in particular, will have much relief from concerns … Continue Reading

Strong Interest in FCC Auction for New FM Construction Permits

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
The FCC today released its further Public Notice in connection with FCC Auction No. 93, which offers for sale 119 construction permits for new FM radio stations in various communities across the country.  Further details about the auction can be found in our earlier post here as well as on the Commission’s auction page here.  In all, 145 applicants filed the … Continue Reading

FCC Deadlines in January – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Children’s Program Reports, Comments on TV Online Public File and Public Interest Obligation Proposals, FM Window and More

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, Children's Programming and Advertising, FM Radio, General FCC, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
In addition to the normal FCC deadlines for routine filings, January brings the deadline for comments in a number of FCC proceedings, and a filing window for new FM applications.  For TV stations, the Commission recently extended to January 17 the Reply Comment deadline on its proposals (summarized here) for an online public inspection file.  Many public interest … Continue Reading

December 1 Deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports Begins A Busy Regulatory Month for Broadcasters

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, Digital Radio, FCC Fees, General FCC, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting
All commercial broadcasters (AM/FM/TV and even LPTV) have to file their Biennial Ownership Reports on December 1, beginning a very busy month in the broadcaster’s regulatory world.  December 1 is also the deadline for noncommercial ownership reports to be filed by noncommercial radio stations in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and noncommercial television … Continue Reading

Filing Dates Set as FCC Prepares to Auction 119 New FM Radio Channels in March 2012; Related Freeze on All Minor FM Mods Imposed Jan. 3-12, 2012

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
The Commission today released its further Public Notice establishing the filing dates and adopting the procedures for the upcoming auction of 119 New FM Radio channels, scheduled to start on March 27, 2012.  The auction has been designated as FM Auction No. 93 and offers vacant FM allotments in various communities across the country.  Although the Commission removed four allotments from … Continue Reading

Limited Freeze on FM Applications in Anticipation of Upcoming Auction for New Radio Stations

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
In anticipation of the new auction of 123 FM channels scheduled for March 2012 (about which we wrote here) the FCC has frozen the filing of FM applications and rulemaking requests which seek changes in the frequencies of any of the channels proposed for inclusion in the auction or which otherwise fail to protect the … Continue Reading

Auction for New FM Stations Scheduled for March – Look for Filing Deadline Late This Year – FCC Also Proposes Deletion of Channels for Which No Bids Were Received

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
Looking for opportunities for a new FM station?  The FCC has just released a list of new FM channels to be auctioned in the next FM auction, scheduled to begin on March 27, 2012, along with the proposed rules for that auction.  On the list of channels, the proposed minimum bid for each channel is also set out.  If the Commission follows … Continue Reading

As Applications for New FM Auction Are About to be Filed – FCC Clarifies Rules on Changes to New Allotments

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
The FCC is now accepting Form 175 applications for FM Auction 91 – an auction of 144 new FM channels across the country.  Applications are due between now and February 10.  We wrote about the auction here, and the list of channels to be auctioned is available here.   So, if you are interested in a … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Filing Window and Minimum Bids for Next Auction for 144 New FM Stations – And a Freeze on FM Minor Change Applications

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
Applications to participate in the auction of 144 new FM channels are to be filed at the FCC between January 31 and February 10, 2011.  The FCC today released a Public Notice setting out the dates and procedures to be used in the auction.  Upfront payments of the minimum bids for channels in the auction will be due … Continue Reading

FCC Plans March Auction for New FM Stations – 147 New FM Licenses for Sale

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
Interested in a new FM radio station?  Now might be your chance.  The Commission today announced an upcoming auction, designated as FCC Auction No. 91, offering licenses for 147 new FM channels in various communities across the country.  The auction will begin on March 29.  Today’s public notice merely lists the channels to be auctioned and the proposed … Continue Reading

For Sale to Highest Bidder: New DTV Stations in Delaware and New Jersey

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, Digital Television, Television
Interested in a brand new full power digital television station in Atlantic City, New Jersey, or Seaford, Delaware?  Then the FCC has just what you’re looking for, provided that you’re ready, willing, and able to build the station from the ground up and don’t mind a low VHF channel.   The Commission today issued the first auction … Continue Reading

Rules for September Auction for New FM Stations Set – Application Filing Deadline Is June 25

Posted in Broadcast Auctions, FM Radio
The dates and minimum bids are set – and the next auction for new FM stations is a go for September 1, 2009. Applications to participate in the auction are due during the period June 16 to June 25, and must be filed electronically at the FCC, specifying on which of the 122 available channels an applicant is interested … Continue Reading