OAB FCC Information

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

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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Broadcasters Seek New Business Opportunities Amid Legalization of Industrial Hemp Products (Including CBD Oil)

Posted On: Mar 01, 2019

Broadcasters Seek New Business Opportunities Amid Legalization of Industrial Hemp Products (Including CBD Oil)
BY SETH WILLIAMS ON FEBRUARY 26, 2019 POSTED IN ENFORCEMENT, FCC, MEDIA
There’s a green wave coming in the form of expanding marijuana legalization across the US, and many of the people trying to take advantage of this green wave are also trying to turn it into another kind of green: money.

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Advertising Hemp in Oregon

Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

TO: Oregon Association of Broadcasters
FROM: Matt McCormick and Sekoia Rogers
DATE: January 15, 2019
RE: Impact of New Federal Legalization on Advertising Hemp in Oregon

The federal government took a giant stride toward legalization of hemp in the United States with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“the 2018 Farm Bill”).

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Shutdown Uncertainty: What Broadcasters Should Do Now

Posted On: Jan 09, 2019

Below is an article from Matt and the team at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth colleague Davina Sashkin posted regarding how to deal with various FCC deadlines during the partial shutdown of the federal government. A link to the article on the thier firm’s blog, CommLawBlog.com, is below.

Shutdown Uncertainty: What Broadcasters Should Do Now
BY DAVINA SASHKIN ON JANUARY 8,

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PUBLIC FILE

Posted On: Feb 07, 2017

Question: Matt, I have heard that the FCC has done away with the requirement that we keep letters and emails from the public in the physical Public Inspection File at our main studio. Does that mean we can chuck those files now?

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PHOTOGRAPH USE ON WEBSITES

Posted On: Dec 27, 2016

Question: Hi, Matt. I recently heard a story about a fellow broadcaster getting sued for placing pictures on its website without obtaining the copyright owner’s permission. Where can we find photos to use on our websites without risking a lawsuit?

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