Category: Legislative Update

Fire Chiefs Support Linking WEA to FM Smartphones

According to the report in Radio Business Report (RBR), The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is urging the FCC to explore activated FM chips in cellphones because of radio’s importance during a crisis. The FCC wants to raise the 90-character limit of current Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages to 360 characters. The smartphone alerts… read more

Bills Expand FOIA to Legislators, Governor

Several bills introduced last week would expand the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include State Legislature and the Governor’s office, two entities currently exempt from FOIA. The goals of the bill are to add more transparency to the Legislature and the Governor’s office. House Bill 5216, introduced by State Representative John Bizon (R-62), would… read more

Bruce Goldsen

Update from the NAB

By: Bruce Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works & NAB Radio Board Member – Congress Passes Legislation That Grandfathers Joint Sales Agreements: Legislation passed in December limits a 2014 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision that made most television joint sales agreements (JSAs) count toward strict ownership limits, violating media ownership rules. – Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) Announces… read more

FCC Adopts Rules for Online Public Files

At its open meeting on January 28, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted rules requiring radio to have an online public file. The new rule will: · Require entities to only upload to the online public file documents that are not already on file with the FCC or maintained by the Commission in its own… read more

MAB Members at SOTS 2016

MAB Brings 2016 SOS in HD to Members

The State of the State was carried live on air and on the websites of member television and radio stations in every market. Recently, you received an email asking for your web views during SOS and your viewership on air during SOS. We need to take every opportunity to show the superiority of broadcast media…. read more

Radio Issues on FCC’s Agenda in 2016

According to Broadcast Law Blog, one of the biggest issues in radio may see some action by the FCC before the end of January. The FCC has circulated a proposal among the commissioners to adopt a requirement for an online public file for radio, cable and satellite. In his blog post, FCC Chairman Wheeler confirmed that… read more

Committee Has No Plans to Move Pallone’s Broadcaster Bill

As reported last week, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), unveiled a draft bill, the Viewer Protection Act. This bill empowers the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fully protect both broadcast viewers and mobile broadband users who may be affected by the upcoming Broadcast Incentive Auction by funding viewer… read more

House Passes Sweeping FOIA Reform Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would create the most sweeping reforms to federal open records laws in nearly a decade. The measure would limit exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that now allow federal agencies to hold back information. The bill would also create a single online portal for people… read more

Zorn Moves to Repeal Local ‘Gag Order’ From Law

State Senator Dale Zorn (R-17) submitted legislation to repeal a recently enacted prohibition on schools and local governments from providing factual information on ballot questions during the 60 days prior to the vote. Dubbed “a gag order” by schools, local governments, and media groups who lobbied Governor Snyder to veto a bill primarily dealing with… read more