OAB FCC Information

OAB FCC Information is courtesy Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC.

Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for June – August

Posted On: May 25, 2021

Broadcast Deadlines:

June 1, 2021

Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming must be filed in Licensing and Management System (LMS). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396,

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Broadband Infrastructure Grants: Partnering With Your Local Community

Posted On: May 24, 2021

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) has announced the application requirements for the $288 million Broadband Infrastructure Program. This program will make awards in the range of $5 million to $30 million for fixed broadband infrastructure expansion critical to closing the rural/urban digital divide. While state and local governments will be involved in the application process,

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The Emergency Connectivity Fund: Getting Ready for the Application Window

Posted On: May 20, 2021

The Universal Service Administrative Co. (“USAC”) will soon establish a deadline to file applications for funding from the $7.171 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund recently established by Congress and the FCC. These funds can be used to provide broadband Internet access services, Wi-Fi hotspots, and equipment to non-profit schools (elementary and secondary) and libraries to enable remote learning for students,

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Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for May – July

Posted On: Apr 28, 2021

Broadcast Deadlines:

June 1, 2021

Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming must be filed in Licensing and Management System (LMS). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396,

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Now Available: Writing Contracts for a Post-Covid World Webinar

Posted On: Apr 07, 2021

On March 23, Fletcher Heald attorney Thomas Urban presented a webinar on how COVID-19 has affected contract litigation and how companies should be prepared for future public health emergencies. During the presentation, Tom broke down the differences in contract doctrines and provided viewers with specific case law that could be applicable in potential lawsuits.

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The Supreme Court Overturns Third Circuit on Media Ownership Rules

Posted On: Apr 01, 2021

On Thursday, April 1, 2021 the Supreme Court unanimously voted to overturn the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia (“Third Circuit”) in the case of Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) v. Prometheus Radio Project, No. 19-1231. The possibility of this result was something we had considered in a previous post,

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Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for April – June

Posted On: Mar 31, 2021

Broadcast Deadlines:

April 1, 2021

Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Texas must be filed in Licensing and Management System (LMS). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report (EEO),

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Kansas Corporation Commission Rules on Interconnection and Porting Obligations Applicable to VoIP Services

Posted On: Mar 26, 2021

On March 23, 2021, the Kansas Corporation Commission (“KCC”) issued a long-awaited Order resolving jurisdictional and other issues surrounding interconnection and porting issues between Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers and rural local exchange carriers (“LECs”) in Kansas. VoIP providers and rural LECs in Kansas have had a long‑running and contentious battle regarding number porting requests made by VoIP carriers to rural LECs.

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