Category: Legislative Update

News Organizations Request Greater Transparency From Federal Agencies on Capitol Riot, Ongoing Threats

A coalition of news organizations on Thursday (1/14) sent a letter to federal law enforcement agencies calling for greater transparency and timely, vital information about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building and the possibility of further violence, including at the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “The… read more

Dates Set for Comments on FCC’s Zonecasting Rulemaking Proposal for FM Boosters

Editors note:  On January 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern, David Oxenford will present a free webinar to MAB members ““What Can Broadcasters Expect in 2021?”  On January 20, we will be inaugurating a new President. With a new administration, there will be changes throughout the government, including at the FCC. The day after the inauguration, join… read more

Michigan’s U.S. Senators Could Chair Committees With Dem Majority

Both of Michigan’s U.S. Senate members could end up chairing committees soon with a razor-thin majority in the chamber once Georgia’s runoff elections that were held Tuesday are certified as the two Democratic candidates there are projected as winners, according to a report in Gongwer. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) is the ranking member of… read more

A Broadcaster’s 2021 Regulatory Calendar – Looking at Some of the Important Dates for the Year Ahead

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here we are, in a new and hopefully more “normal” year – wondering what will be ahead.  Each year, at about this time, we put together a look at the regulatory dates ahead for broadcasters – or at least the primary ones that we already know.  This year is… read more

Radio Simulcast Fight Could Provide Hint at New FCC Majority’s Plans

According to a Thursday report in InsideRadio, an early test for a new Democrat-controlled Federal Communications Commission on how it will treat radio regulations may come not over a hot-button issue like radio ownership, but rather the arcane Radio Duplication Rule. That is because the decision to abolish the rule limiting station simulcasts was made… read more

FCC Targeting Property Owners in Pirate Radio Enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has begun targeting property owners and managers that tolerate pirate broadcasting on their properties.  The commission has issued an announcement that it is exercising its new authority under the recently enacted PIRATE Act.  “Parties that knowingly facilitate illegal broadcasting on their property are liable for fines of up to… read more