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December Regulatory Deadlines For Broadcasters – Renewals, Ownership Reports, CALM Act, and TV Form 317

Posted in Digital Television, General FCC, License Renewal, Noncommercial Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Television
While we were sidetracked by the government shutdown in posting reminders about regulatory deadlines for broadcasters during the last two months, it’s about time to put that behind us, and to resume our monthly practice. While everyone may be looking forward to the holidays, they need to remember that December does bring a number of regulatory obligations for broadcasters … Continue Reading

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

Compliance Deadline for CALM Act December 13 – FCC Allows Waiver Filings Until that Deadline

Posted in Advertising Issues, Digital Television, Television
The CALM Act, meant to end the dreaded "loud commercial," is set to go into effect tomorrow, December 13. We summarized the requirements for compliance with the Act here. Basically, TV stations must adopt certain practices set out in a series of standards known as A/85 Recommended Practice, adopted by the ATSC (the Advanced Television Standards Committee). As … Continue Reading

CALM Act Waiver Requests Due By October 12

Posted in Advertising Issues, Digital Television, Television
This Friday (October 12) is the deadline for requesting a waiver under the FCC’s Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act implementing procedures, intended to combat "loud commercials."  We wrote about the implementing rules and the obligations of television stations to come into compliance with the standards set out in the rules, adopting a protocol that … Continue Reading

A Summary of the FCC Rules Implementing the CALM Act to Regulate Loud TV Commercials

Posted in Advertising Issues, Programming Regulations, Television
The FCC this week adopted its rules implementing the CALM Act to address the public perception that commercials are too loud – louder than the programming which they accompany. Congress passed a law last year requiring that the FCC address the issue, and this week’s order adopts these implementing rules which will go into effect on … 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 Extends Reply Comment Date on CALM Act Implementation Rules as ATSC Plans Update of Compliance Protocol

Posted in Advertising Issues, Digital Television, Television
The FCC has granted a short extension for Reply Comments on the implementation of the CALM Act.  The new deadline for Reply Comments is August 1, 2011.  We wrote about the issues in this porceeding here,  The CALM Act ("Commercial Announcement Loudness Mitigation" Act), which must be implemented by the end of this year, is meant to … Continue Reading

Comment Date Set on Rulemaking to Implement the CALM Act Regulating Loud TV Commercials

Posted in Advertising Issues, Digital Television, Television
Dates for comments and replies on the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the CALM Act, regulating the volume levels of commercials, have now been set.  We provided a detailed summary of that NPRM here.  As set out in that summary, the NPRM asks many questions of broadcasters, cable companies, and other Multichannel Video Programming Distributors about … Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comments on Implementation of CALM Act Regulating Loud Commercials on Broadcast and Cable Television

Posted in Advertising Issues, Cable Carriage, Digital Television, Television
In December, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act was adopted by Congress and signed by the President, addressing consumer complaints about television commercials that seem louder than the program content that they accompanied. As we wrote in our summary of the Act when it was adopted, Congress has long received many complaints about loud commercials … Continue Reading

Congress Passes CALM Act to Restrict Loud Commercials

Posted in Advertising Issues, Television
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the CALM Act, directing the Federal Communications Commission to adopt regulations controlling the volume of commercials on television broadcast stations, cable systems, satellite, and other multichannel video programming providers. This bill was passed by the Senate in September.  Once signed by the President, the Federal Communications Commission will be required to adopt … Continue Reading