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FCC Takes Action and Requests Comments on Next Gen TV (ATSC 3.0) Matters

The FCC has recently released a number of notices and orders involving the transition of television stations to the ATSC 3.0 standard and implementation of the new standard. The FCC is also seeking comments on several new proposals. Read More
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FCC Focuses on Review of Broadcasters' Online Political Files

The FCC recently announced that it has entered into consent decrees with six large radio broadcasters regarding compliance with political file requirements. Read More
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Supreme Court and FCC Issue Important TCPA Decisions

Two recent developments involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) highlight ongoing disputes over restrictions surrounding the use and definition of automatic telephone dialing systems (ATDS) for calls placed to mobile devices. Read More
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FCC Asks for Comments on Proposal to Allow FM Translators and Boosters to Originate Programming

A group of radio broadcasters has asked the FCC to allow FM translators and boosters to originate a significant amount of programming, and the FCC is seeking comments on the proposal through July 23, 2020. Read More
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July 10, 2020 Deadline for Quarterly Radio Issue-Responsive Programming Lists

The quarterly listing of issue-responsive programming broadcast between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 must be uploaded to radio station online public inspection files by July 10, 2020. Read More
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July 10, 2020 Deadline for Quarterly Television and Annual KidVid Reports

By July 10, 2020, full power and Class A television stations must file quarterly reports for the second quarter of 2020. Read More
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Lerman Senter Announces New Member and Counsel

Lerman Senter is pleased to announce that David Burns was named a Member of the firm on June 1, 2020, and that Art Harding joined the firm as Counsel on June 15, 2020. Read More
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Categories: Firm News

FCC's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment Makes Statement on Civil Rights Demonstrations and the Racial Divide

The Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment has issued a statement regarding recent civil rights demonstrations, in which it reaffirmed certain core principles. Read More
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Carriage Election Contact Information Due In Public Files By July 31; Carriage Elections Due October 1

The FCC has updated its Online Public Inspection File database so that television broadcasters can input their Carriage Election Notification Point of Contact information. Stations should enter their contact information no later than July 31, 2020. Read More
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FCC Waives Broad Outreach Recruitment Requirements to Allow Re-hiring of Employees Laid Off Due to COVID-19

The FCC has waived the broad outreach requirements of the EEO recruitment rules to allow broadcast licensees and MVPDs to re-hire full-time employees who were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, without first conducting broad recruitment outreach. Read More
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