Broadcasting

Free, over-the-air television and radio; community-based, low-power FM radio stations; public radio and television; and the obligations of licensees to serve the public interest. A key principle of federal communications law is that in exchange for free use of the public airwaves broadcasters agree to take actions to benefit the public. These principles are enshrined in the Radio Act of 1927 and the Communications Act of 1934 in the mandate that "broadcasting serve the public interest, convenience and necessity."

Sen Markey to FCC: Children's Television Proposals Lack Facts

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) hosted a press conference July 11 to call for the Federal Communications Commission to convert its children's television notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) into a notice of inquiry (NOI) so it can collect more data on the im

House Commerce Committee to Mark Up Broadband Bills

The full House Commerce Committee has scheduled a markup for more than a dozen bills July 12, including two broadband-related bills -- H.R.

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House Commerce Committee

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Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:00

Groups join petition to delay Sinclair-Tribune merger review

A growing number of groups are urging the Federal Communications Commission to delay its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s merger with Tribune Media, while a court weighs a recent agency move that would ease the deal's approval.

Rep Cole: Noncommercial Broadcasters Must Be Protected in C-Band Sharing

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote July 12 on opening up the C-Band for wireless broadband, House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole (R-LA) is calling for care and handling of noncommercial broadcasting.

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Federal Communications Commission

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Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:30 to 12:30

Sinclair: Tribune Deal Does Not Violate FCC Rules

Sinclair was vigorously defending its proposal to buy Tribune's stations against all comers July 5, responding to critics by telling the Federal Communications Commission that it is being asked to make decisions based on subjective disagreements o

FCC Agenda for July 2018 Open Meeting

[Press release] The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subject listed below on Thursday, July 12, 2018: 

A Solid Process and Proposal to Update Kid Vid

[Commentary] Congress passed the 1990 Children’s Television Act to tie broadcast-license renewals, the main asset of a local station, with a fairly general obligation to air educational and informational programming for children.

Sinclair station sales risk new scrutiny as part of Tribune deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s bid to purchase Tribune Media hinges on spinning off TV stations to comply with US limits on broadcast ownership.