Category: Legislative Update

FCC Deregulates Public File Requirement Re: Letters from the Public

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chaired his first Commission meeting with a Commission consisting of two Republicans (Pai and Michael O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Mignon Clyburn). The Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate a rule requiring commercial TV and radio broadcast stations to maintain copies of correspondence (both letters and emails) from the public… read more

Walden Applauds Pai’s Move to Increase FCC Transparency

U. S. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued a press release commending FCC Chairman Pai on taking steps to increase the agency’s transparency by releasing the text of two proceedings for public comment. The lawmakers wrote, “This is the type of transparency we’ve… read more

Bill Repeals FCC Info Collection Requirements for Non-Comm Biennial Ownership Reports

According to the press release by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced legislation to roll back the FCC’s requirement that non-commercial broadcasters, in connection with the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by December 1 of this year, get an FCC Registration Number for every… read more

State of the State Address

Once again this year, the MAB partnered with Central Michigan University to bring the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. The broadcast, along with the Democratic Response, was provided via satellite to 29 commercial and public television stations throughout the state.  In addition, 33 commercial and public radio stations aired coverage anchored by Michigan… read more

Spectrum Auction Reaches Clean-Up Stage

Its not over until its over. In an article published just after noon eastern time today (1/23), Broadcasting and Cable reports that the FCC’s spectrum auction isn’t finished quite yet. In round 4 of stage 4 (in what is essentially the clean-up phase of the spectrum incentive auction), forward auction bidders upped their bids by about… read more

Ajit Pai to be named FCC Chairman

Bloomberg is reporting that FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will be nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Commission. Pai, a Barack Obama nominee, has served as the senior FCC Republican for more than three years. NAB CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement after hearing the Pai news. “Without qualification, NAB supports President Trump’s selection… read more

MAB Brings 2017 SOS to Members

The MAB would like to thank all of our members airing Governor Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State Address. MAB will be on-hand uplinking the Governor’s speech and the Democratic response to both commercial and public television members in the state. The clean, unhosted feed will be in HD. Public television stations will be… read more

BMI Files Lawsuit Against the RMLC

According to a report in AllAccess, BMI has filed a lawsuit in Federal Rate Court to set interim fees for radio stations represented by the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC). The RMLC’s proposed interim rate is well below BMI’s previous deal, and BMI’s lawsuit states that “the effect of which would have a significant impact… read more