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While Our Blog Was Getting A Makeover, Did You See Our Stories on the New FCC Chairman, Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations, AM Revitalization, Orson Welles and the Hoax Rule and More?

Posted in Advertising Issues, AM Radio, Broadband Report, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
There have been many Washington developments for broadcasters in the last week – and while it was all occurring, our Blog was undergoing a makeover, so some of the articles that we published in the last week may have been missed.  Perhaps the biggest news was the confirmation and swearing in of the new FCC … Continue Reading

No Relief on LPTV/TV Translator Digital Conversion Deadline – 2015 Deadline for End of Analog Operations Upheld on Reconsideration

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Noncommercial Broadcasting, Television
The FCC denied reconsideration on the last phase of the digital television transition – requiring that all LPTV stations and TV translators cease analog operations and be operating digitally by September 1, 2015. See our summary of the original ruling on the digital conversion of LPTV and TV translator stations here. In denying reconsideration, the FCC determined … Continue Reading

More Big FCC Fines for Children’s Television Violations

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, FCC Fines, Low Power Television/Class A TV
Fines of $20,000 for violations of the obligations to prepare and file Children’s Television Reports have been flowing out from the FCC as it works its way through license renewal applications filed by television stations over the last year. We wrote about a number of these fines here, when the first wave of fines was issued … Continue Reading

FCC Fines of Up to $18,000 Proposed for 7 TV Stations For Failure To Timely File Children’s Television Reports – The Big Renewal Issue for TV Stations?

Posted in Broadband Report, Children's Programming and Advertising, FCC Fines, License Renewal, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
In at least 7 decisions released last week, the FCC fined TV stations between $3000 and $18,000 for failure to timely file Form 398 Children’s Television Reports – reporting on the programming broadcast by the stations to address the educational and informational needs of children. In these cases, the fines were not for failing to file the … Continue Reading

FCC Processing of Translator Applications from 2003 Moves Ahead – Window for Opting Out of Noncommercial Status to Participate in the Auction

Posted in Appearances, FM Translators and LPFM, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Noncommercial Broadcasting
Another radio topic sure to be discussed at the NAB convention this week is the ongoing story of the thousands of FM applications translators still pending at the FCC from the 2003 FM translator window. While this has been a topic at many of the NAB Conventions in the last 10 years, it looks like the end is … Continue Reading

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball – What Washington Has In Store For Broadcasters in 2013

Posted in Broadband Report, Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, EEO Compliance/Diversity, FM Radio, FM Translators and LPFM, General FCC, Indecency, Internet Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Multiple Ownership Rules, Music Rights, On Line Media, Political Broadcasting, Privacy, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
Every year, about this time, I dust off the crystal ball to offer a look at the year ahead to see what Washington has in store for broadcasters. This year, like many in the recent past, Washington will consider important issues for both radio and TV, as well as issues affecting the growing on-line presence of … Continue Reading

FCC Moving Toward the Auction of TV Spectrum for Wireless – More Class A Stations To Lose Protection and No Full Power Move-Ins to Major Markets

Posted in Broadband Report, Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
While the FCC has not yet started a proceeding to set rules for the auction of television spectrum for broadband purposes, the Commission is taking steps to clear the spectrum in other ways.  Two weeks ago, we wrote about the FCC’s actions proposing to remove the Class A designation from certain LPTV stations that had … Continue Reading

FCC Keeps the Pressure on Class A Television Stations, Issues $52,000 in Fines for Failure to Timely File Children’s Television Reports

Posted in Children's Programming and Advertising, FCC Fines, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Programming Regulations
Yesterday, the FCC issued fines totaling $52,000 against four Class A television stations for belatedly filing their FCC Form 398 Children’s Television Programming Reports. The stations, each of which had missed at least a couple of years’ worth of Children’s Reports, were also fined for failing to timely place the reports in their public inspection … Continue Reading

Failure to File Children’s Programming Reports Could Cause Loss of Class A Status for LPTV Stations

Posted in Broadband Report, Children's Programming and Advertising, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The FCC has released 16 Show Cause Orders threatening to deprive a number of low power television (LPTV) stations of their Class A status for failure to file Children’s Television Programming Reports.  These orders appear to be implementing a long-rumored get-tough policy on Class A TV stations, as the FCC prepares to clear portions of the TV spectrum to auction it for … Continue Reading

DTV Station Reminder: FCC Form 317 Reporting on Ancillary Services Due Dec. 1st

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV
By December 1, 2011, all commercial and noncommercial full power digital television (DTV) stations, as well as all digital low power, Class A, and television translator stations must electronically file an FCC Form 317 with the FCC. This Form reports whether the station has provided any ancillary and supplementary services during the twelve-month period ending on … Continue Reading

Digital Low Power Television Rules Go Into Effect; Sept. 1 is Deadline for Out-of-Core LPTV Stations to Seek Displacement

Posted in Low Power Television/Class A TV
The Commission’s recent Order establishing the rules and time line for low power television stations to convert to DTV has now been published in the Federal Register, meaning that most of the new rules regarding the conversion of low power television stations to digital television are now in effect.  As we wrote about extensively here,on July 15, 2011, the … Continue Reading

FCC Freezes TV and LPTV Applications for Channel 51 – Encourages Users to Vacate the Channel

Posted in Broadband Report, Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV
The FCC today froze all applications for TV channel 51 by both applicants for full-power and low power facilities.  Channel 51 is immediately adjacent to the parts of the television bands that were reclaimed for wireless uses during the DTV transition.  Wireless users, including CTIA and the Rural Cellular Association, have sought to restrict use of Channel 51 because of … Continue Reading

Updates on CALM Act Implementation and LPTV/TV Translator Digital Conversion Rulemakings

Posted in Advertising Issues, Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV
For our readers in the television business, there have been recent developments in two proceedings about which we have written recently.  Last week, we wrote about the extension of time to file reply comments on the CALM Act implementation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, where the FCC is implementing a Congressional act to curb loud commercials.  The … Continue Reading

FCC Sets Deadlines for LPTV, TV Translator and Class A Stations To Convert to Digital – And Gives Hints When Television Spectrum May Be Reclaimed for Broadband

Posted in Broadband Report, Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV
The deadlines for the digital conversion of LPTV stations, TV translators and Class A TV stations were announced on Friday, in an Order where the FCC also provided some indication of their expected timetable for the reclamation of some of the television spectrum for broadband use – and that expectation is nowhere near as aggressive as … Continue Reading

FCC Rejects Request by Low Power Television Broadcaster to Test Technology to Enable Broadband Service Over Broadcast Spectrum

Posted in Broadband Report, Digital Television, General FCC, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
Last week the FCC rejected a request by a low power television broadcaster seeking an experimental license to test a technology that would allow broadcast television stations to provide broadband access.  The brief decision, available here, was issued by the FCC’s Media Bureau and rejected the request primarily on the grounds that the technology the … Continue Reading

The Battle Over TV Channel 6 and LPTVs Used for FM Radio Broadcasts

Posted in Low Power Television/Class A TV
A controversy has bubbled up in connection with the FCC proceeding to set the date by which Low Power Television stations will be required to convert to digital operations.  While the analog operations of full-power TV stations were mandatorily terminated in 2009, Low Power television stations and TV translators have not yet faced any end … Continue Reading

FCC Freezes Applications for New LPTV and TV Translator Stations While Contemplating How the Broadband Plan Will Affect the TV Spectrum

Posted in Broadband Report, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
Last week, we wrote that the FCC is going ahead with a rulemaking looking at how broadband needs may require some reallocation of the TV spectrum to wireless uses.  The initiation of a rulemaking on that issue is planned for the next FCC meeting in late November.  With that proceeding about to begin, the FCC today froze all … Continue Reading

Comments Regarding Transition of Low Power Television Stations to Digital due December 17th

Posted in Low Power Television/Class A TV
The Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making proposing a framework and time line for the transition of Low Power Television stations to digital operations — which we wrote about last month here – was published in the Federal Register today setting December 17, 2010 as the deadline for Comments and January 18, 2011 as … Continue Reading

Next Up in the DTV Transition, Low Power Television Stations

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV
On Friday, the Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) seeking input on completing the transition of all low power television stations (LPTV) and TV translator stations to digital operations.  Driven by the transition of all full power TV stations last year and the guidance from the National Broadband Plan, which recommended setting a … Continue Reading

FCC Begins Proceedings to Implement Changes to Satellite Television Rules as a Result of STELA

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
The FCC has issued another in a series of Notice of Proposed Rule Makings aimed at implementing changes to the satellite television rules brought about by the recently enacted Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 or "STELA".  In particular, by its NPRM issued last week, the Commission proposes a predictive model to provide presumptive … Continue Reading

FCC Authorizes Mobile DTV Receivers Without Analog Tuners – Further Signals of the End of Analog LPTV, and Raises Questions of Recapture of TV Spectrum for Broadband

Posted in Digital Television, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Television
Last week, the FCC’s Media Bureau granted waivers of the requirement that television tuners be capable of receiving both analog and digital television transmissions, but only with respect to tuners meant for mobile use.  The FCC justified the waivers of the All Channel Receiver Act given the technological constraints that an analog reception chip would … Continue Reading

FCC Suspends Indefinitely the Opportunity to Apply for New Digital Low Power Television Stations in Non-rural Areas

Posted in Low Power Television/Class A TV
As we anticipated, the FCC has suspended indefinitely the opportunity to apply for new, digital low power television (LPTV) stations in non-rural areas, which had been slated to begin on July 26, 2010.  Given the FCC’s new focus on repacking and reallocating the television spectrum for use by broadband competitors, the Commission’s postponement of the … Continue Reading

Commissioner Clyburn Suggests TV Channels 5 and 6 Could Be Used For Radio – Will It Happen?

Posted in Broadband Report, Digital Television, FM Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV
In a recent speech before the Community Radio Conference, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn suggested that the proposal to reallocate Channels 5 and 6 for FM radio use had merit and should be considered further.  That proposal is already before the FCC, and ripe for decision – so it could theoretically be adopted tomorrow.  However, the … Continue Reading