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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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FHH Attorneys on the Faculty of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training Program

Posted On: Mar 28, 2022

FHH Attorneys on the Faculty of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training Program

On March 25th our very own Frank Montero and Seth Williams presented on the subject of broadcast station acquisitions to the most recent class of industry leaders. This training was part of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training Program (BLT).

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New FCC Foreign Sponsorship Identification Rules for Broadcasters Effective Today

Posted On: Mar 15, 2022

FCC rules requiring radio and television stations to broadcast disclosures for programming provided by foreign governmental entities go into effect today over the objection of some broadcast groups. Broadcasters are required not only to fully comply moving forward, but must also ensure that their existing airtime lease agreements come into compliance as soon as reasonably possible.

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FCC License Renewal Applications due on April 1st for Radio Stations in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and TV Stations in Texas

Posted On: Mar 08, 2022

FCC License renewal applications and associated EEO Program Reports are due on or before Friday, April 1st for radio licensees located in Delaware and Pennsylvania and television licensees in Texas. Radio and television stations must file renewals regardless of commercial or noncommercial status in the FCC’s licensing Management System (LMS). 

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FCC Announces Effective Date of New Political Programming Rules

Posted On: Feb 18, 2022

Recently we posted a blog alerting that the FCC was updating aspects of its political programming and recordkeeping rules.  That FCC Order revised the definition of “legally qualified candidate for public office”, and also amended the political file rules.  The revised rules are effective 30 days after publication of a summary of the order in the Federal Register,

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FCC Announces Procedures and Deadlines for Upcoming Auction of Full Power TV Construction Permits

Posted On: Feb 11, 2022

The FCC announced this week that Auction 112, an auction of 27 construction permits for full power TV stations, is set to begin on June 7, 2022.  The auction procedures were set forth in a Public Notice, and participation will require certification that “the applicant has read the public notice adopting procedures for the auction and that it has familiarized itself both with the auction procedures and with the requirements for obtaining a construction permit for a television broadcast station.”

The filing window for Short-Form Applications (on FCC Form 175) will open on March 17th at 12:00 pm EST and close at 6:00 pm on March 30th.

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FCC Set to Decide Fate of Idaho License

Posted On: Feb 09, 2022

The Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on stations that are off the air for a majority of its license term.  In June of 2021, Snake River Radio, LLC, applied to renew the license of KPCQ (AM) in Chubbuck, Idaho. However, the FCC’s review of the application and station records found that the station had been off the air for a great majority of the license term. 

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FCC REVISES POLITICAL PROGRAMMING AND ADVERTISING RULES

Posted On: Jan 26, 2022

Today, the FCC released a Report and Order (Order), updating the political programming and recordkeeping rules for broadcast licensees, cable television system operators, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service providers, and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) licensees.  The Order revises the definition of “legally qualified candidate for public office” to add the use of social media and creation of a campaign website to the existing list of activities that may be considered in determining whether an individual running as a write-in candidate has made a “substantial showing” of his or her bona fide candidacy,

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Virginia’s New Consumer Data Protection Act

Posted On: Jan 25, 2022

On March 2, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (“VCDPA”) into law, making Virginia only the second state to enact such comprehensive data protection legislation (after California).  The law itself becomes effective on January 1, 2023 and will be codified at Virginia Code §59.1-571.

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