FCC SEEKS COMMENT TO ENSURE ALL CABLE CUSTOMERS RECEIVE PROGRAMMING AFTER THE DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION.

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) today asked for comment on proposals to ensure all cable subscribers, including those with analog TV sets, can view must-carry television stations on cable systems after the transition to digital television occurs on February 17, 2009. Continue reading “FCC SEEKS COMMENT TO ENSURE ALL CABLE CUSTOMERS RECEIVE PROGRAMMING AFTER THE DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION.”

FCC REQUIRES RETAILERS TO FULLY INFORM CONSUMERS ABOUT ANALOG TV EQUIPMENT LIMITATIONS AS TRANSITION TO DIGITAL APPROACHES.

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) today adopted an order requiring retailers to fully inform consumers when TV equipment being sold has only an analog tuner. Continue reading “FCC REQUIRES RETAILERS TO FULLY INFORM CONSUMERS ABOUT ANALOG TV EQUIPMENT LIMITATIONS AS TRANSITION TO DIGITAL APPROACHES.”

FCC INITIATES THIRD REVIEW OF DTV TRANSITION.

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) today began its third periodic review of the conversion of the nation’s broadcast television system from analog to digital television (“DTV”).  The DTV transition will increase efficient use of the spectrum, expand consumer choice for video programming, and increase the amount of spectrum available for public safety and other wireless services.  In its rulemaking initiated today, the FCC proposes procedures and rule changes necessary to complete the transition. Continue reading “FCC INITIATES THIRD REVIEW OF DTV TRANSITION.”

MEDIA BUREAU OFFERS EXAMPLES TO CLARIFY THE TREATMENT OF APPLICATIONS AND RULEMAKING PETITIONS PROPOSING COMMUNITY OF LICENSE CHANGES, CHANNEL SUBSTITUTIONS, AND NEW FM ALLOTMENTS.

On November 29, 2006, the Commission released a Report and Order in MB Docket 05-210 amending its rules to permit licensees and permittees of AM and FM stations to request changes in community of license by first-come/first-served minor modification applications. In addition, under new procedures adopted in the Report and Order, non-reserved band FM stations may request non-adjacent channel changes by minor modification applications. The rule changes also require the simultaneous filing of Form 301s with petitions to add new vacant allotments to the FM Table of Allotments. Applicants employing these new community of license and channel change processes generally must submit their applications with the minor modification application filing fee. However, an applicant submitting a Form 301 simultaneously with a Petition to add a new FM Allotment to the Table must submit the new FM station application filing fee.

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Media Bureau Announces NCE FM New Station And Major Modification Application Filing Window For New And Certain Pending Proposals; Window To Open On October 12, 2007.

The Media Bureau announces a filing window for applications for noncommercial educational (“NCE”) FM new station and major modification construction permits. The Commission recently directed the Media Bureau to open this NCE FM filing window in October 2007 in connection with the Commission’s tentative selectee determinations for 76 groups of cut-off and mutually exclusive NCE FM new station and major modification proposals.