Category: Legislative Update

Reminder: Biennial Ownership Report Filing Window Open

MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford alerts us to a Public Notice released last week by the FCC, reminding broadcasters that a two-month biennial ownership report window opened Friday, October 1 and will stay open through Wednesday, December 1. All licensees of commercial and non-commercial full power television, Class A television, low power television, AM radio… read more

Michigan Broadcasters are Sharing our Story with Members of Congress

This week, MAB staff and members from stations across the state had the opportunity to meet in-person with Representatives Lisa McClain (R-MI10) and Peter Meijer (R-MI3) at their district offices as well as Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI4) virtually. Advocacy is a core mission of the MAB and as our industry evolves, it’s critical to keep… read more

Things To Consider Before Accepting Cannabis Advertising

By: Scott R. Flick, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Editor’s note: Washington broadcast attorney Scott Flick has given us permission to reprint a recent post he shared with members of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association (NASBA). Here are Scott’s points: Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and since broadcast stations rely on federal… read more

Remember – Political Ads for State and Local Races Trigger FCC Political Obligations

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP We are nearing the end of September and, in many jurisdictions, we are in the heart of political season – though mostly for state and local elections. While most broadcast stations don’t think much about the FCC’s political broadcasting rules in odd-numbered years, they are required to do… read more

Looking at the Court Decision Which Led to the Shuttering of Locast’s Retransmission of Local TV on the Internet

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In recent weeks, decisions of a U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of New York led to the suspension of service by the Internet streaming company Locast, which built its business on streaming local television stations generally without obtaining the consent of TV stations or the… read more

Broadcast Regulation Update

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (9/4-10), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC opened the window for Fiscal Year 2021 regulatory fees which… read more

Broadcast Regulation Update

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (8/28-9/3), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In a significant win for television broadcasters, a federal district court in… read more

A Win for Broadcasters: FCC Regulatory Fees Drop

On August 26, the FCC released its 2021 Regulatory Fee Order, which can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-98A1.pdf. The efforts of various State Broadcast Associations, including your MAB as well as the NAB were very successful, and as a result: The proposed regulatory fees for broadcasters dropped by about 9%. As a result, the FCC’s large… read more

September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Regulatory Fees, Media Ownership and Sponsorship Identification Comments, Auction Applications, and More

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As fall approaches and kids head back to school, be sure not to lose track of the regulatory dates and deadlines in September.  We outline some of those dates below.  One date is applicable to all commercial broadcasters, the obligation to pay regulatory fees.  While the exact due… read more