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Advocacy News / January 26, 2023
An Overview of the Hot Policy Topics in Music Licensing
Royalties paid for the use of music by broadcasters and digital media companies, and other issues about music rights, can be an incredibly dense...
Advocacy News / January 9, 2023
January Online Public File Deadlines Extended to January 31
(CommLawCenter) The FCC released a Public Notice today announcing that the OPIF filing system has been experiencing technical difficulties since at...
Advocacy News / January 6, 2023
EAS Test Reporting System Form One Due by February 28, 2023
(CommLawCenter) Under the FCC’s EAS Rules, EAS participants must update their identifying information annually via a Form One filing
Advocacy News / January 6, 2023
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting
(FCC) FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the items tentatively on the agenda for the January Open Commission Meeting scheduled for...
Advocacy News / January 5, 2023
What’s Coming in Broadcast Regulation in 2023 From the FCC
(Broadcast Law Blog) It’s a new year, and it’s time to look ahead at what Washington may have in store for broadcasters this year.
Advocacy News / January 5, 2023
What’s Coming in Broadcast Regulation in 2023 From the FCC
(Broadcast Law Blog) It’s a new year, and it’s time to look ahead at what Washington may have in store for broadcasters this year.
Advocacy News / January 4, 2023
Rep. McMorris Rodgers Highlights Big Tech Accountability Agenda
(Multichannel News) No big surprise since reining in edge providers was a bipartisan focus in the last Congress, though how to do it and why it was...
Advocacy News / January 4, 2023
Chairwoman Rosenworcel on FCC Commissioner Nomination
(FCC) FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel issued a statement at the start of the 118th Congress as President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn to serve as a...
Advocacy News / January 4, 2023
Gigi Sohn Is Renominated By President Biden For A Seat On The FCC
(Inside Radio) The conclusion of the previous Congress also brought an end to the nomination of Gigi Sohn to serve on the Federal Communications...
Advocacy News / January 3, 2023
Communications Marketplace Report
(FCC) The 2022 Communications Marketplace Report provides a comprehensive overview of the state of communications marketplace.
Advocacy News / December 29, 2022
Upcoming Deadlines
(Commlawblog, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth) It is that time of year when we start to fill out upcoming deadlines in our new calendars.
Advocacy News / December 27, 2022
LPTV protections approved in US Senate
(TV Tech) U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) introduced Low Power Protection Act to strengthen spectrum rights for certain low power...
Advocacy News / December 22, 2022
FCC’s Media Bureau Opens Review of Media Ownership Rules
(TVTech) FCC noted that the Commission has not yet adopted final rules in the 2018 Quadrennial Review, which has been delayed by extensive...
Advocacy News / December 22, 2022
Senate Approves Targeted Class-A Application Window for Low-Power TV Stations
LPTVs haven’t been able to apply to the Federal Communications Commission for such status since 1999.
Advocacy News / December 19, 2022
Radio And SoundExchange Sing Similar Tune In Court: CRB Rates Should Be Tossed Out
(Inside Radio) Broadcasters and SoundExchange may not agree on how much radio stations should pay for using music in webcasts, but they can agree on...
Advocacy News / December 14, 2022
Sen. Hollen Adds to Growing List of ZoneCasting Concerns
(Radio World) The debate surrounding GeoBroadcast Solutions’ proposal involving its geo-targeting technology continues, with Sen. Van Hollen (MD)...
Advocacy News / December 14, 2022
Senator Markey and Commissioner Simington Weigh in on the Future of AM Radio
In the last few weeks, a Democratic Senator and a Republican FCC Commissioner have both expressed support for the future of AM radio.
Advocacy News / December 13, 2022
FCC Warns Broadcasters of Specific Cybersecurity Flaw in One EAS Provider’s Equipment
(Broadcast Law Blog) The fear is that this security flaw can allow bad actors to access not only to the EAS system but, if that system is connected...
Advocacy News / December 13, 2022
Broadcasters, Listeners Push Back On Removing AM Radio From Some Cars, Trucks
(Inside Radio) The matter of automakers removing AM radios from electric vehicles continues to garner national attention following Senator Ed Markey...
Advocacy News / December 8, 2022
Radio Royalty Bill Moves Forward, But Congress Hopes To Find Compromise In 2023
(Inside Radio) Despite a recognition that the odds are slim that a bill to mandate a performance royalty on radio will make it through Congress...
Advocacy News / December 6, 2022
FCC National Broadband Map
(FCC) Check the new map on where internet service is available and help improve it by submitting challenges.
Advocacy News / December 6, 2022
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee to Consider American Music Fairness Act
(Broadcast Law Blog) On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a “mark-up session” (see this notice of the session) where they...
Advocacy News / December 2, 2022
Senator Pushes Carmakers To Keep AM Radio In Dash As Matter Of Public Safety
(Inside Radio) Amid reports some automakers are considering dropping AM radio from their increasingly digitalized dashboards, there is what could be...
Advocacy News / December 1, 2022
The Lame Duck Was Supposed To Be Gigi Sohn’s Opening To The FCC. Now That’s In Doubt
(Inside Radio) The lame duck session of Congress has been seen as a potential opening for the Senate to approve the long-pending nomination of Gigi...
Advocacy News / December 1, 2022
House Republicans Poised to Investigate Big Tech’s Social Media Censorship, Ties to Biden Admin
(Washington Times) Top targets for investigation include: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, TikTok and YouTube, according to a source...
Advocacy News / November 28, 2022
Your Guide to the Required EAS Changes
(Radio World) In recent weeks, Radio World has continuously reported on the new FCC mandate that requires EAS participants to comply with its recent...
Advocacy News / November 21, 2022
Nathan Simington Says FCC’s AM Revitalization Work Is Far From Done
(Inside Radio) Simington also pushed back against the idea that AM radio is a “dead technology” and its spectrum should be reallocated to new...
Advocacy News / November 17, 2022
Senator Markey, Rep. Eshoo Introduce Legislation to Improve Video Accessibility
(TV Technology) Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) have introduced the Communications, Video, and...
Advocacy News / November 15, 2022
FCC Chief Rosenworcel Open to Beefing Up Agency’s Power Over Retrans Disputes
(Next TV) FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel has told Congress she would welcome the chance to work with it to better protect consumers during...
Advocacy News / November 15, 2022
Google Settles Location-Tracking Case for $400 Million
(Next TV) An investigation found that Google had not notified users that location tracking was automatic for web and app activity — on Google Maps,...
Advocacy News / November 4, 2022
Media Bureau Developing Recommendations On Zonecasting, FCC Chair Says
(Inside Radio) The Federal Communications Commission does not appear much closer to making a decision on GeoBroadcast Solutions’ proposal that FM...
Advocacy News / November 3, 2022
FCC Takes Next Step to Enable Faster, Better Wi-Fi
(FCC) FCC Approves 6 GHz Automated Frequency Coordination Systems to Progress Toward Testing Phase.
Advocacy News / November 2, 2022
FCC’s Public File System Experiences Difficulties, Raises Concerns
(Radio World) Just as political ad spending is hitting all-time highs — political ad tracking firm AdImpact says preliminary data shows political ad...
Advocacy News / October 31, 2022
FCC to Examine 12.7 GHz Band for Next-Gen Wireless
(FCC) The NOI explores repurposing up to 550 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 12.7 to 13.25 GHz band for next generation services. The Order...
Advocacy News / October 20, 2022
Texas Sues Google for Collecting and Using Texans’ Biometric Data Without Explicit Consent
(CNET) Google was hit with a lawsuit in Texas Thursday, as state Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged that Google collected millions of Texans’...
Advocacy News / October 20, 2022
FCC Denies Broadband Data-Confidentiality Requests
(Next TV) The FCC is definitely not going to give broadband providers’ data-collection methodology confidential treatment unless they come up with...
Advocacy News / October 18, 2022
Rosenworcel on Legislation to Require Foreign Government Disclosures
(FCC) Rosenworcel Expresses Support for Identifying Propaganda on Our Airwaves Act.
Advocacy News / October 13, 2022
With A Flip To For-Profit, BMI Adapts To ‘Changing Environment.’
(Inside Radio) With the announced transformation of BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) to a for-profit business model following more than 80 years as...
Advocacy News / October 5, 2022
FCC Is Updating MVPD Online Filing Process
The new system will become operational October 18, the bureau says, but the migration will take about a week, so starting Oct. 11 the old site will...
Advocacy News / October 5, 2022
White House Unveils AI Bill of Rights
The White House is framing the issue as one of civil rights in a digital age, in the process painting a damning picture of current Big Tech...
Advocacy News / September 29, 2022
FCC Proposes to Eliminate Obsolete Analog TV Rules
FCC Proposes Updates To Part 73 Rules To Reflect Completion Of The Digital Transition
Advocacy News / September 27, 2022
FCC to Drop “Persistent Alerts” Idea
All signs point to the FCC this week giving the go ahead and updating EAS rules to improve accessibility for those with disabilities, including...
Advocacy News / September 22, 2022
FCC Proposes Fines for Violations of Children’s TV Programming Rules
The FCC finds that 21 broadcast television licensees apparently willfully and repeatedly violated rules limiting commercial matter in...
Advocacy News / September 15, 2022
FCC Extends Streamlined Regulatory Fee Waiver Process
The FCC has decided to extend its COVID-19-related financial hardship waiver process for its regulatory fees.
Advocacy News / September 14, 2022
Fifteenth Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference
Our Topics library provides one-stop collections of materials on numerous issues in which the FTC has been actively engaged. These pages are...
Advocacy News / September 14, 2022
Here’s What You Need To Get Annual FCC Fee Reductions And Waivers
It also kept in place several pandemic relief measures, making it easier for companies to apply for waivers, reductions or deferrals on financial...
Advocacy News / September 13, 2022
Radio Is Key Component To Homeland Security’s EMP National Public Warning System
The Department of Homeland Security says Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) energy, either from natural sources like major solar storms, or potential...
Advocacy News / September 12, 2022
FCC proposes ‘five-year rule’ for dead satellite disposal
As things stand, voluntary NASA guidelines published in the 1990s recommend that dead satellites should be deorbited within 25 years.
Advocacy News / September 9, 2022
FCC Relying On New System To Collect Stations’ Annual Fees In 2022
  It is the first time CORES will be used to pay annual fees after the FCC discontinued use of its Fee Filer system last December.
Advocacy News / September 7, 2022
Effort To Help Broadcasters Negotiate With Big Tech Slammed By Advocacy Groups
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (S. 673) would allow news publishers and broadcast news operations with fewer than 1,500 exclusive...
Advocacy News / September 6, 2022
Stations Will Pay More In FCC Fees, But Not As Much As First Proposed
The Commission did, however, accept one piece of the industry’s argument, and that has led to a fee recalculation.
Advocacy News / September 6, 2022
FCC Won’t Collect Fees from Big Tech
That came in a report and order Friday (Sept. 2) adopting a fee schedule to collect $381,950,000 in regulatory fees, which Congress requires, for FY...
Advocacy News / September 1, 2022
FCC Announces Nearly $800 Million in RDOF Funding for Broadband
FCC Announces Nearly $800 Million For Broadband Through The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
Advocacy News / August 31, 2022
No National EAS Test This Year, But FCC Will Test Wireless Alert Geotargeting Next Month
The Federal Emergency Management Agency in May dropped a surprise on broadcasters: there will be no national test of the Emergency Alert System this...
Advocacy News / August 30, 2022
Music Industry Vows To Fight On After Broadcasters Hit Milestone In Battle Against Royalty
The radio industry scored a symbolic, yet potentially significant, victory in Washington Monday as lobbying efforts have led to the addition of 20...
Advocacy News / August 24, 2022
Report: FCC Standing Firm On Its 13% Annual Fee Hike For Radio Stations
Time is running out for the Commission to adopt the order. Broadcaster are required to pay their annual fees before the new fiscal year begins on...
Advocacy News / July 28, 2022
Congressional Democrats Prepare to Introduce Net Neutrality Bill
Senate and House Democrats are set to introduce a bill to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules and to give the FCC authority over broadband...
Advocacy News / July 21, 2022
Federal Judge Puts Hold On RMLC’s Legal Maneuver In ASCAP And BMI Rate-Setting
The radio industry has been dealt a setback in its effort to rework how the federal courts determine how much stations pay to ASCAP and BMI in...
Advocacy News / July 20, 2022
Copyright Royalty Board Has A New Chief Judge With Radio Experience
A one-time staff attorney at NPR has been named the chief judge of the Copyright Royalty Board. Judge David P. Shaw has been selected to lead the...
Advocacy News / July 18, 2022
Sen. Ed Markey Has a New Net Neutrality Bill in the Works
Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are introducing a bill that would reclassify internet service providers under Title II of the...
Advocacy News / July 13, 2022
BMI Asks Court To Rule On Radio Effort To Combine Royalty Rate-Setting Into One Proceeding
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is petitioning a federal court in New York to implement a stay on the radio industry’s suit seeking to combine the...
Advocacy News / July 12, 2022
BMI files legal arguments against a combined radio royalty rate court hearing with ASCAP
US collecting society BMI has filed court papers seeking a ruling that confirms that the American radio industry cannot force a single rate court...
Advocacy News / July 5, 2022
Copyright Royalty Board Awards 15.1% Streaming Royalties In Songwriter, Publisher Boon
The BOARD had previously announced in JANUARY 2018 its intention to raise songwriter/ publisher royalty rates for streaming and other mechanical...
Advocacy News / July 5, 2022
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Net Neutrality Rule Fans
The Biden Administration’s loss in a Supreme Court ruling involving the EPA’s ability to regulate power plants could be a victory for...
Advocacy News / June 17, 2022
Beware the FCC’s New Big Tech Enrichment Plan | Opinion
The concern arises from a decade-old proposal, called zonecasting, which has sat on the FCC’s desk since the Obama administration.
Advocacy News / June 16, 2022
RMLC Fires First Salvo In Court Battle Over Royalties Paid By Radio To ASCAP and BMI
For years, ASCAP and BMI have sparred over who has the bigger market share of music played on broadcast radio. It’s more than a vanity...
Advocacy News / June 10, 2022
Music Industry’s Willing To Talk, But Says Royalty Deal That Discounts Streaming Rates Is A No-Go
Vulnerable House Democrats have urged their leadership to be laser-focused on only the most important issues that will help them with their...
Advocacy News / May 26, 2022
FTC Charges Twitter with Deceptively Using Account Security Data to Sell Targeted Ads
Twitter asked users to give their phone numbers and email addresses to protect their accounts.
Advocacy News / May 19, 2022
FTC to Hold Virtual Event on Protecting Kids from Stealth Advertising in Digital Media
The Federal Trade Commission will host a virtual event on October 19, 2022, to examine how best to protect children from a growing array of...
Advocacy News / May 16, 2022
Big Tech Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas Internet Law
Social media companies are asking the Supreme Court to prevent the enforcement of a Texas law they say prevents online platforms from exercising...
Advocacy News / May 13, 2022
Does the FCC Regulate Internet Content and Companies?
The ability of the FCC to regulate internet content and platforms depends on statutory authority.
Advocacy News / May 9, 2022
Biden’s ‘disinformation board’ should be shut down: FCC Commissioner
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr slammed the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board, calling it “Orwellian”...
Advocacy News / May 9, 2022
As Issues Heat Up In Washington, Broadcasters Spend More On Lobbying
Familiar issues like the radio performance royalty in Congress and media ownership and pirate radio at the FCC are listed.
Advocacy News / April 28, 2022
Commerce Department backs key antitrust bill targeting tech giants
The Commerce Department’s backing adds to the Biden administration’s support behind the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, following a...
Advocacy News / April 28, 2022
Carr Rejects Call for FCC to Block Musk’s Purchase of Twitter
After Twitter accepted Musk’s $44 billion offer Monday, the Open Markets Institute warned that the deal represents a threat to “American...
Advocacy News / April 27, 2022
Extending Daylight Saving Time Could Hurt AM Radio
The idea of making Daylight Saving Time a permanent fixture has been broadly discussed before but when the U.S. Senate adopted a bill to make it the...
Advocacy News / April 12, 2022
Radio Industry Strikes Interim Licensing Deal With BMI
The radio industry’s previous deal covering 2017 to 2021 expired at the end of December, but the interim deal will keep those terms in place for the...
Advocacy News / April 7, 2022
Baseball-Style Arbitration Considered For Bill Allowing Radio To Negotiate With Big Tech
A bill in Congress that would give radio stations and other local media more power when going up against the tech giants is getting an overhaul that...
Advocacy News / March 29, 2022
DOJ endorses antitrust legislation aimed at Big Tech
The Department of Justice sent letters to bipartisan lawmakers on the House and Senate Judiciary committees endorsing antitrust proposals that aim...
Advocacy News / March 28, 2022
SoundExchange Distributes $235 Million
SoundExchange has distributed a total of $235 million during the first quarter of 2022, completing its 150th SoundExchange. It has distributed more...
Advocacy News / March 28, 2022
MusicFirst Lobbies Against Easing Ownership Caps
The musicFirst Coalition says the National Association of Broadcasters is singing one tune about performance royalties but an entirely different one...
Advocacy News / March 24, 2022
Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson: Viewpoint Regulation Is Generally Impermissible
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson declined to get into the debate over regulating social media using their Section 230 immunity from civil...
Advocacy News / March 23, 2022
LPTV Broadcasters Association Slams “Flawed” Low Power Protection Act
While the NAB applauded the passage of the Low Power Protection Act by the Senate Commerce Committee, the LPTV Broadcasters Association has issued a...
Advocacy News / February 10, 2022
Senate Judiciary Panel Approves EARN It Act
The Senate Judiciary Committee has favorably reported the EARN It Act to the full Senate, but with the agreement to work on some issues as it moves...
Advocacy News / February 7, 2022
FCC Is ‘Cleaning Up’ Of More Radio Rules. Here Is What Will (And Will Not) Change
The modernization of radio’s regulatory rulebook that began under the prior administration continues at the Federal Communications Commission. It is...
Advocacy News / February 7, 2022
Enough Broadcasters Say ‘Yes’ To GMR Deal; Agreement Will End Long-Running Legal Fight
The number of broadcasters that have opted to take the proposed settlement between the Radio Music License Committee and Global Music Rights is not...
Advocacy News / February 2, 2022
Senator’s Stroke Will Keep FCC Deadlocked At Four Members — For Now
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee was poised to advance the nomination of Gigi Sohn today to fill the remaining seat on the Federal Communications...
Advocacy News / February 2, 2022
Radio’s Message To Congress: Music Industry Is A Missing Dance Partner In Royalty Negotiations
The debate over whether radio should pay royalties for on-air music use will get an airing today in Washington when a hearing is held on the latest...
Advocacy News / January 31, 2022
Decision Time On Pending Deal With GMR, Which Shakes Up How Radio Rates Are Calculated
Today is the deadline for the radio industry to make a collective decision about whether it will end a years-long legal fight with Global Music...
Advocacy News / January 25, 2022
Government demands to remove Twitter content hit record high
Twitter revealed on Tuesday that governments’ requests for content to be removed from the platform hit a record high in the first six months...
Advocacy News / January 25, 2022
FCC Says New Sponsor ID Rules Are About ‘Reasonable Diligence,’ Not Free Speech
A federal appeals court in Washington has more to digest in the radio industry’s effort to derail new rules adopted by the Federal Communications...
Advocacy News / January 24, 2022
Over 200 House Members Now Support Free Radio
Eleven members of the House of Representatives have added their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act.
Advocacy News / January 21, 2022
LRFA Picks Up More Support
Eleven members of the House of Representatives have added their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act.
Advocacy News / January 12, 2022
Court Allows FTC’s Facebook Antitrust Suit To Proceed
A D.C. District Court judge has said the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with its antitrust suit against Facebook, but not with its allegation...
Advocacy News / January 6, 2022
Radio’s 5-Year Standoff With GMR Nears End With Conditional Settlement
Ending a bitter five-year court battle, the Radio Music License Committee and Global Music Rights have reached a conditional settlement.
Advocacy News / January 5, 2022
FCC Asks Appeals Court To Allow New Foreign Programming Sponsor ID Rules To Take Effect
The Federal Communications Commissions is asking a federal appeals court in Washington to allow it to go forward with plans to implement new rules...
Advocacy News / January 4, 2022
SoundExchange Targets Audacy, Midwest Communications For Royalty Audits
Under federal law, SoundExchange is permitted to audit a company for any, or all, of the prior three calendar years in order to verify royalty...
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