A full list of Federal issues and concerns facing broadcasters in Michigan

ISSUES AFFECTING BOTH RADIO & TV

Ensure Viewers and Listeners Keep Access to Programming Delivered Through C-band Satellite Operations

The C-band is a strip of satellite spectrum that radio and TV stations use every day to receive critical content for their broadcasts. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering transferring some or all of that spectrum to wireless companies for new services, which could impact the programming listeners and viewers rely upon.  READ MORE

Prevent Harmful Changes to Advertising Tax Treatment

Congress should not pass legislation that hurts free, local broadcasting by modifying the tax laws to make advertising more expensive for businesses. Advertising is currently treated as an ordinary and necessary business expense – just like salaries, rent and utilities – under the U.S. tax code. This means a business can fully deduct the expense in the year it was incurred. Some in Congress have suggested changing the tax treatment of advertising for specific types of products, such as pharmaceuticals. This change would have a devastating impact on listeners and viewers of local radio and television stations that rely on advertising revenue to survive, raises significant First Amendment concerns and ignores the important consumer benefits that advertising provides. READ MORE


TV ISSUES

Narrow Satellite Legislation Should Expire as Congress Intended

The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) should be allowed to expire at the end of 2019 – the date that Congress intentionally chose for this temporary law to sunset. Not only have its provisions become unnecessary due to dramatic changes in the media marketplace, but its reauthorization will harm some viewers who are being denied access to their local television stations. READ MORE

Congress Should Reject Microsoft Spectrum Grab

Microsoft is lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for free TV airwaves to operate unlicensed devices. Microsoft claims this would unlock broadband for rural America, but it won’t. Instead, it will put rural Americans’ lifeline local TV service at risk. Broadcasters urge policymakers to reject Microsoft’s proposal and ensure your constituents have access to the critical news and emergency information local TV stations provide. READ MORE

Ensure Viewers and Listeners Keep Access to Programming Delivered Through C-band Satellite Operations

The C-band is a strip of satellite spectrum that radio and TV stations use every day to receive critical content for their broadcasts. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering transferring some or all of that spectrum to wireless companies for new services, which could impact the programming listeners and viewers rely upon.  READ MORE

Next Generation TV is on the Horizon

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved voluntary use of the Next Generation TV standard. Next Gen TV requires no additional spectrum and no government subsidies. As broadcasters continue to invest in the future of television to benefit viewers, the FCC should maintain a reasonable, flexible framework for Next Gen deployment.  READ MORE

Broadcasters Seek Flexibility in Meeting Children’s TV Programming Needs

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) current children’s television programming rules (sometimes referred to as “kid vid”) are outdated and ineffective. While failing to serve the needs of children, they also undermine local broadcast station’s ability to meet viewers programming demands. These rules should be updated to better reflect today’s marketplace and children’s engagement with video content. READ MORE


RADIO ISSUES

A Performance Tax Threatens Local Jobs

Congress should not mandate a performance tax on free, local radio stations that would jeopardize local jobs, prevent new artists from breaking into the recording business and harm the 270 million Americans who rely on local radio.Broadcasters urge legislators to stand up for their local radio listeners by supporting the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res. 20, S.Con.Res. 5), which opposes a performance tax.  READ MORE

FCC License Fees

The National Association of Broadcasters is pushing back against the FCC’s proposed 2019 fees for radio stations and seeks a new notice with a better explanation of the planned increases. READ MORE

Expand Access to Emergency Information: Unlock FM

Virtually all smartphones are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals, but not all phones have this feature activated, either by choice of the phone’s manufacturer or the wireless carrier. However, Apple has not activated this feature on any of its iPhones, preventing their customers from saving battery life and data charges, while also blocking access to a critical lifeline during times of emergency.  READ MORE