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FCC Proposes Changes to ATSC 3.0/Next Gen TV Rules

At the urging of the National Association of Broadcasters, the FCC is proposing changes to the Next Gen TV rules. Read More

Broadcast Stations Must Obtain Copyright and Trademark Rights for NFL and Super Bowl Broadcasts and Promotions

The NFL carefully protects its copyrights and trademarks. If your radio or television station plans to conduct promotions or contests related to the Super Bowl or to any of the conference championship games, you should obtain all necessary licenses to avoid infringing on the NFL’s rights. Read More

Annual KidVid Reports Due January 31, 2022; Commercial Limits Certifications Due January 30, 2022

For commercial television broadcasters, the second annual KidVid report to cover an entire calendar year’s worth of programming is due by January 31, 2022. In addition, annual commercial limits certifications are due January 30. Read More

FCC Limits License Term to One Year for Stations That Had Substantial Periods of Silence

Federal law and the FCC’s rules require broadcast stations to maintain minimum operating schedules and to inform the FCC if they do not. Read More

Quarterly Television Reports Due January 10, 2022: Issues Programs Lists and Class A Eligibility Certifications

Quarterly television reports are due January 10, 2022: issues programs lists and Class A eligibility certifications. Read More

Quarterly Radio Issues Programs Lists Due January 10, 2022

The quarterly listing of issues-responsive programming broadcast between October 1 and December 31, 2021 must be uploaded to radio station online public inspection files by January 10, 2022. Read More

FCC Shortens STIR/SHAKEN Extension for Certain Small Voice Providers

The FCC released a Fourth Report and Order on STIR/SHAKEN that shortens the prior extension provided to small voice providers (100,000 or fewer voice service subscriber lines) to implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication standards. Read More

FCC's Foreign Sponsorship Identification Rules to Take Effect

The FCC has denied a request to stay the effectiveness of the FCC’s new foreign sponsorship identification rules, clearing the way for the rules to take effect even as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and other groups challenge the rules in court. Read More

Rural Utilities Service Announces Opening of New ReConnect Program Window

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, has announced the opening of an FY 2022 application window from November 24, 2021 through February 22, 2022 for the next round of the ReConnect Program. Read More

FTC Warns Businesses About Using Fake Reviews and Misleading Endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters to hundreds of companies putting them on notice about the steep penalties they could face if they use endorsements, including fake online reviews, to deceive consumers. Read More