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Reexamination of the Comparative Standards and Procedures for Licensing Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Stations and Low Power FM Stations

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission adopts changes to its rules and procedures to select and license competing applications for new noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations and low power FM (LPFM) stations. The changes are designed to improve the comparative selection procedures, reduce confusion among future applicants, expedite the initiation of new service to the public, and eliminate unnecessary applicant burdens.

Auction of FM Broadcast Construction Permits Scheduled for April 28, 2020; Notice of Filing Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments, and Other Procedures for Auction 106; Auction 106 Freeze Announced for FM Minor Change Applications

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 00:00
This document summarizes public notices that announce the procedures and upfront payments amounts and minimum opening bids for the auction of certain FM broadcast construction permits as well as a temporary freeze on the filing of minor change applications for FM stations. The Auction 106 Procedures Public Notice summarized here is intended to familiarize applicants with the procedures and other requirements for participation in Auction 106.

2010/2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review; Rules and Policies To Promote New Entry and Ownership Diversity in the Broadcasting Services

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 00:00
This document amends the broadcast ownership rules to reflect the mandate of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which vacated and remanded the Commission's 2018 Incubator Order and 2017 Order on Reconsideration in their entirety, and the definition of eligible entities adopted in the Commission's 2016 Second Report and Order. This document implements the Third Circuit's mandate and clarifies which rules are currently in effect.

Order Granting Extension of Time To File Reply Comments

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 00:00
In this document, the Media Bureau adopted an Order, granting a Motion for Extension of Time filed by the Campaign Legal Center, Sunlight Foundation, Common Cause, the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society and Issue One in MB Docket No. 19-363 (DA 19-1292).

All-Digital AM Broadcasting, Revitalization of the AM Radio Service

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 00:00
The Federal Communication Commission proposes to amend its rules to allow AM broadcasters to use all-digital transmissions. All- digital AM broadcasting has the potential to provide a more reliable and robust radio signal than analog, as well as auxiliary digital services.

Low Power Television Digital Rules

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Media Bureau seeks to update the record in MB Docket No. 03-185 on the operation of analog radio services by digital low power television stations (LPTV) as ancillary or supplementary services.

Amendment of the Commission's Rules Regarding Duplication of Programming on Commonly Owned Radio Stations, Modernization of Media Initiative

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 00:00
This document seeks comment on whether the Commission should modify or eliminate its rule (the radio duplication rule) that bars same-service (AM or FM) commercial radio stations from duplicating more than 25% of their total hours of programming in an average broadcast week if the stations have 50% or more contour overlap and are commonly owned or subject to a time brokerage agreement.

Children's Television Programming Rules

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collections associated with the rules adopted in the Report and Order in MB Docket Nos. 18-202 and 17-105, FCC 19-67, In the Matter of Children's Television Programming Rules; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of those rules.

Establishment of a Spectrum Utilization Policy for the Fixed and Mobile Services' Use of Certain Bands Between 947 MHz and 40 GHz; Streamline Processing of Microwave Applications in the Wireless Telecommunications Services and Telecommunications...

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 00:00
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC/Commission) is correcting final rules that had typographical errors that were published in three separate reports in the Federal Register. In those documents, the Commission used table 8 MHz maximum authorized bandwidth channels that had an error in various rules. This document corrects the errors.

In the Matter of Use of Common Antenna Site, Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission seeks comment on whether it should eliminate or revise the requirements, in the Commission's rules, regarding access to FM and TV broadcast antenna sites. These rules prohibit the grant, or renewal, of a license for an FM or TV station if that applicant or licensee controls an antenna site that is peculiarly suitable for broadcasting in the area and does not make the site available for use by other similar licensees. The Commission seeks comment on whether these requirements, which are rarely invoked, are outdated and unnecessary in light of the significant changes in the broadcast marketplace, including significant growth in the availability of broadcast infrastructure that has occurred since these restrictions were first adopted nearly 75 years ago. With this proceeding, the Commission continues its efforts to modernize our rules and eliminate or modify outdated and unnecessary regulations.

Auction of FM Broadcast Construction Permits Scheduled for April 28, 2020; Comment Sought on Competitive Bidding Procedures for Auction 106

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 00:00
The Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA), in conjunction with the Media Bureau (MB), announce an auction of certain FM broadcast construction permits. This public notice also seeks comment on competitive bidding procedures and proposed minimum opening bid amounts for Auction 106.

Filing of Applications; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative; Revision of Requirements

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in which it sought comment on proposals to change the rules governing local public notice given by broadcast station applicants. These specific rule changes were proposed based on responses to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making in this proceeding.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Caliente, Nevada

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 00:00
At the request of SSR Communications Inc., the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 264A at Caliente, Nevada, as the first local service. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel 264A can be allotted to Caliente consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules without a site restriction. The reference coordinates are 37-36-02 NL and 114-30-32 WL.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Various Locations

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 00:00
This document amends the FM Table of Allotments, of the Commission's rules, by reinstating certain vacant FM allotments. These FM allotments are considered vacant because of the cancellation of the associated authorizations and licenses, or the dismissal of long-form auction applications. Theses vacant FM allotments have previously undergone notice and comment rule making. Reinstatement of the vacant allotments is merely a ministerial action to effectuate licensing procedures. Therefore, we find for good cause that further notice and comment are unnecessary.

Low Power FM Radio Service Technical Rules

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to improve technical rules that primarily affect Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations, based upon a petition for rulemaking filed by REC Networks.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Various Locations

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 00:00
This document amends the FM Table of Allotments, of the Commission's rules, by reinstating certain vacant FM allotments. These FM allotments are considered vacant because of the cancellation of the associated authorizations and licenses, or the dismissal of long-form auction applications. Theses vacant FM allotments have previously undergone notice and comment rule making. Reinstatement of the vacant allotments is merely a ministerial action to effectuate licensing procedures. Therefore, we find for good cause that further notice and comment are unnecessary.

Electronic Delivery of MVPD Communications; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission modernizes the carriage election notice rules by permitting broadcasters to post their carriage elections online and send notices to covered multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) by email only when first electing carriage or changing their carriage election status from must carry to retransmission consent or vice versa. Additionally, all parties will be required to post their contact information online on Commission databases.

Review of EEO Compliance and Enforcement in Broadcast and Multichannel Video Programming Industries

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 00:00
This document announces that the Federal Communications Commission granted a motion filed by the Multicultural Media, Telecom and internet Council (MMTC) in MB Docket No. 19-177 to extend the deadlines for filing comments and replies in response to the Commission's document on possible improvements to equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance and enforcement.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Kahlotus, Washington

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 00:00
At the request of Xana HD Solutions, LLC., the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 283A at Kahlotus, Washington, as the first local service. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel 283A can be allotted to Kahlotus, Washington, consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules with a site restriction of 6.2 kilometers (3.88 miles) southeast of Kahlotus. The reference coordinates are 46-38-00 NL 118-38-10 WL. Channel 283A at Kahlotus, Washington is located within 320 kilometers (199 miles) of the U.S.- Canadian border. Canadian concurrence has been received.

Children's Television Programming Rules

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission seeks further comment on the creation of a framework under which a broadcaster could satisfy its children's programming obligations by relying in part on special efforts to produce or support Core Programming aired on another station or stations in the market. The Children's Television Act (CTA) permits the Commission to consider special sponsorship efforts, in addition to consideration of a licensee's programming, in evaluating whether a licensee has served the educational and informational needs of children. The Commission invites commenters to submit proposals detailing a specific framework under which special sponsorship efforts may be considered as part of a broadcaster's license renewal.

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