OAB FCC Information

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What’s Next for Next Gen TV? FCC Seeks Comments on The Status of Next Gen TV and Sunset of Two Rules.

Posted On: Jun 24, 2022

The FCC has just released a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-22-47A1.pdf seeking comments on the state of the Next Generation Television (“Next Gen TV” or “ATSC 3.0”) transition, and on the scheduled sunset of two rules adopted in 2017.  Generally, the FNPRM seeks comments on the progress of broadcasters’ voluntary deployment of ATSC 3.0 service and the current state of the ATSC 3.0 marketplace,

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FCC Sets Comment Period for Franken FM NPRM

Posted On: Jun 22, 2022

The FCC has set the comment period in the FM6 (a/k/a Franken FM) proceeding.  Comments with respect to the FCC’s May 18th Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will be due on July 18th, 2022. Reply comments will be due on August 1, 2022. Those who wish to comment should refer to the filing instructions provided in paragraph 60 of the NPRM.

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Depp v. Heard – a Brief Legal Overview

Posted On: May 09, 2022

Social media has been exploding with news about the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in Fairfax County, Virginia. Fletcher, Heald  attorneys have considerable experience with this court and this type of claim. As such, we thought our Commlawblog readers might be interested in a breakdown of what is really going on here and why.

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Media Bureau Announces Transition of Additional Filings to Licensing and Management System (LMS)

Posted On: May 04, 2022

The FCC announced this week that various additional applications must soon be submitted through the LMS online electronic system. Specifically, commencing May 17, 2022, the following filings are required to be submitted through LMS:

  • FM Engineering Special Temporary Authority (STAs)
  • Request for Silent STA
  • Extension of Silent and Engineering STA
  • Suspension of Operations Notification
  • Resumption of Operations
  • AM and FM Digital Notification
  • Modification Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) Notification
  • Change of Primary Station Notification
  • Tolling Notification
  • Reduced Power Notification
  • Pending Application Withdrawal

The filings listed above should no longer be filed via email.

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Upcoming FCC Broadcast Deadlines for May – July

Posted On: May 03, 2022

June 1, 2022

Television License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for television stations located in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming must be filed in LMS.  These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast EEO Program Report, also filed in LMS,

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FCC Open Meeting on April 21st

Posted On: Apr 21, 2022

On April 21, 2022, the FCC will be hosting its monthly open meeting. The docket includes improving receiver performance, wireless emergency alerts, and two restricted adjudicatory matters.

The FCC will consider a Notice of Inquiry to promote more efficient use of spectrum through improved receiver interference immunity performance,

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