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Radio Broadcasting Services; Various Locations

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 00:00
This document amends the FM Table of Allotments, of the Commission's rules, by reinstating certain vacant FM allotments. These FM allotments are considered vacant because of the cancellation of the associated authorizations and licenses, or the dismissal of long-form auction applications. Theses vacant FM allotments have previously undergone notice and comment rule making. Reinstatement of the vacant allotments is merely a ministerial action to effectuate licensing procedures. Therefore, we find for good cause that further notice and comment are unnecessary.

Low Power FM Radio Service Technical Rules

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to improve technical rules that primarily affect Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations, based upon a petition for rulemaking filed by REC Networks.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Various Locations

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 00:00
This document amends the FM Table of Allotments, of the Commission's rules, by reinstating certain vacant FM allotments. These FM allotments are considered vacant because of the cancellation of the associated authorizations and licenses, or the dismissal of long-form auction applications. Theses vacant FM allotments have previously undergone notice and comment rule making. Reinstatement of the vacant allotments is merely a ministerial action to effectuate licensing procedures. Therefore, we find for good cause that further notice and comment are unnecessary.

Electronic Delivery of MVPD Communications; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission modernizes the carriage election notice rules by permitting broadcasters to post their carriage elections online and send notices to covered multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) by email only when first electing carriage or changing their carriage election status from must carry to retransmission consent or vice versa. Additionally, all parties will be required to post their contact information online on Commission databases.

Review of EEO Compliance and Enforcement in Broadcast and Multichannel Video Programming Industries

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 00:00
This document announces that the Federal Communications Commission granted a motion filed by the Multicultural Media, Telecom and internet Council (MMTC) in MB Docket No. 19-177 to extend the deadlines for filing comments and replies in response to the Commission's document on possible improvements to equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance and enforcement.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Kahlotus, Washington

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 00:00
At the request of Xana HD Solutions, LLC., the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 283A at Kahlotus, Washington, as the first local service. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel 283A can be allotted to Kahlotus, Washington, consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules with a site restriction of 6.2 kilometers (3.88 miles) southeast of Kahlotus. The reference coordinates are 46-38-00 NL 118-38-10 WL. Channel 283A at Kahlotus, Washington is located within 320 kilometers (199 miles) of the U.S.- Canadian border. Canadian concurrence has been received.

Children's Television Programming Rules

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission seeks further comment on the creation of a framework under which a broadcaster could satisfy its children's programming obligations by relying in part on special efforts to produce or support Core Programming aired on another station or stations in the market. The Children's Television Act (CTA) permits the Commission to consider special sponsorship efforts, in addition to consideration of a licensee's programming, in evaluating whether a licensee has served the educational and informational needs of children. The Commission invites commenters to submit proposals detailing a specific framework under which special sponsorship efforts may be considered as part of a broadcaster's license renewal.

Children's Television Programming Rules; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission updates the children's television programming rules to reflect the changes to the media landscape since these rules were first adopted in the 1990s following passage of the Children's Television Act of 1990 (CTA). The revised rules will give broadcasters greater flexibility in serving the educational and informational needs of children, allow broadcasters to offer more diverse and innovative educational programming, and relieve unnecessary burdens on broadcasters, while also ensuring that high quality educational programming remains available to all children.

LPTV, TV Translator, and FM Broadcast Station Reimbursement

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, information collection requirements adopted in FCC 19-21. This document is consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the compliance date.

Electronic Delivery of Notices to Broadcast Television Stations; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) proposes to require that cable operators use email to deliver certain written notices to broadcast television stations. The proposal would require cable operators to email the notices to a designated inbox in the station's online public inspection file (OPIF). The FCC seeks comment on whether satellite TV providers should similarly be required to use email to deliver certain written notices to broadcast TV stations. In addition, the FCC also seeks comment on whether and how the proposal to require electronic delivery of notices can be applied to certain low power TV and noncommercial translator stations that are not required to maintain an OPIF.

FM Translator Interference

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, information collection requirements adopted in the Commission's Amendment of Part 74 of the Commission's Rules Regarding FM Translator Interference, MB Dkt. No. 18-119, FCC 19-40, (FM Translator Interference Report and Order). This document is consistent with the FM Translator Interference Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rules.

Auction of Construction Permits for Low Power Television and TV Translator Stations Scheduled for September 10, 2019; Notice and Filing Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments, and Other Procedures for Auction 104

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 00:00
This document summarizes the procedures, terms and conditions, together with the upfront payment amounts and minimum opening bid amounts, for an upcoming auction of construction permits for low power television station (LPTV) and TV translator stations. The Public Notice summarized here also provides an overview of the post-auction application and payment processes governing Auction 104.

Petitions for Reconsideration of Action in Proceeding

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 00:00
Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's proceeding by Louis P. Vito, on behalf of V-Tech Communications, Inc.; by Brad Johnson, on behalf of KGIG-LP; by Michael W. Richards, on behalf of LPFM Coalition; by David J. Doherty, on behalf of Skywaves Communications LLC; and by Charles M. Anderson, on behalf of Charles M. Anderson.

Review of EEO Compliance and Enforcement in Broadcast and Multichannel Video Programming Industries

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 00:00
This Proposed Rule seeks comment on how the Commission can make improvements to equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance and enforcement and responds to issues raised in comments filed in a recent proceeding to eliminate the obligation to file the Broadcast Mid-term Report (FCC Form 397). In that proceeding, the Commission committed to seek comment on these issues.

Television Broadcasting Services Buffalo, New York

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:00
At the request of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. (Nexstar), licensee of television station WNLO(TV) channel 32, Buffalo, New York (WNLO), and WUTV Licensee, LLC (WUTV Licensee), the licensee of television station WUTV(TV), channel 36, Buffalo, New York, the Commission has before it a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing the substitution of channels for DTV station WNLO (currently channel 32) and WUTV (currently channel 36). WUTV would continue to operate from its existing pre-auction location and WNLO would move the Nexstar shared facilities in the site previously vacated by WIVB-TV (Buffalo, New York (CBS) (WIVB), the station with which it is sharing. The channel substitution serves the public interest because it would allow for a more efficient allocation of UHF television channels and resolve significant over-the-air reception problems in WIVB's prior service area.

FM Translator Interference; Correction

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 00:00
The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) is correcting the effective date of rule amendments that appeared in the Federal Register on June 14, 2019. The document incorrectly stated the effective date for three of the amended rules as being 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. The Commission ordered these amended rules to be effective 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

Auction of Cross-Service FM Translator Construction Permits Scheduled for June 25, 2019; Notice and Filing Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments, and Other Procedures for Auction 100

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 00:00
This document summarizes procedures and announces upfront payment amounts and minimum opening bids for the auction of certain cross-service FM translator construction permits. The Public Notice summarized here is intended to familiarize applicants with the procedures and other requirements for participation in Auction 100.

FM Translator Interference

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 00:00
In this document the Federal Communications Commission adopts rules to strengthen and streamline the rules relating to FM translator interference with other broadcast stations by allowing FM translators to resolve interference issues by changing channels to any available same-band frequency using a minor modification application; standardizing the information that must be compiled and submitted by any station claiming interference, including establishing a required minimum number of listener complaints; establishing interference complaint resolution procedures; and establishing an outer contour limit for the affected station within which interference complaints will be considered actionable.

Elimination of Obligation To File Broadcast Mid-Term Report

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) eliminates a requirement of our rules that oblige certain broadcast television and radio stations to file the FCC Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397). This requirement has become redundant now that most of the information that the form requests is readily accessible online via the Commission's Online Public Inspection File (Public File). The Public File will be modified to allow stations to indicate whether they are subject to a mid-term review, as this is the only information not otherwise available. It therefore finds that eliminating this requirement will serve the public interest.

Television Broadcasting Services; Buffalo, New York

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 00:00
The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed by Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., licensee of television station WNLO(TV), channel 32, Buffalo, New York (WNLO), and WUTV Licensee, LLC (WUTV Licensee), licensee of television station WUTV(TV), channel 36, Buffalo, New York. The Joint Petitioners propose the substitution of channel 32 for channel 36 as WNLO's DTV allotment; and the substitution of channel 36 for channel 32 as WUTV's allotment. The Joint Petitioners also request a waiver of the Media Bureau's current freeze on the filing and processing of petition for digital channel substitutions and minor modification applications for changes to existing television service areas that would increase a full power television noise limited contour. The Joint Petitioners seek to exchange the channels of WNLO and WUTV so that after the swap, WNLO would operate on channel 36 and WUTV would operate on channel 32. WUTV would continue to operate form its existing pre-auction location and WNLO would move the Nexstar shared facilities in the site previously vacated by WIVB-TV (Buffalo, New York (CBS) (WIVB). The channel substitution serves the public interest because it would allow for a more efficient allocation of UHF television channels and resolve significant over-the-air reception problems in WIVB's prior service area.

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