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."

Doomsday for TV Localism and Community If FCC Doesn’t Change Archaic Rules

Over the past few decades, the notion of a world without the newspaper industry has gone from grimly conceivable to a foregone conclusion.

The Dayton Daily News is about to shrink. The FCC shouldn't have allowed it

In November 2019, the Federal Communications Commission approved the a


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STELAR to Sunset Dec. 31

The Senate passed the Television Viewer Protection Act (TVPA) and the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019, two bills that orginated in the House.

Full Steam Ahead on the FCC Incentive Auction Transition

The Federal Communications Commission Incentive Auction Task Force released a status update on the post-Incentive Auction transition which provides a good opportunity to provide an update on what's been accomplished and the work that remains to be

Broadcasters Fight Political Ad Disclosure Changes

With billions of political ad dollars on the line, broadcasters are working hard to make sure a new Federal Communications Commission ruling does not take even a little bite out of their share of that likely record political pie.

FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, December 12, 2019:

Congress must act to increase minority broadcasters

Though women and minorities constitute an increasingly large portion of our country’s populace, ownership of broadcast media remains dominated by white males.

An old FCC rule is being used to justify shrinking the Dayton “Daily” News to three days a week

To increase the quality of local journalism in Ohio, the Federal Communications Commission is requiring three newspapers to stop printing daily.  Back in 1975, a thousand media ecosystems ago, the FCC 

Broadcast Ownership Deregulation Could Be Headed to Supreme Court

Don’t be surprised if the Federal Communications Commission and National Association of Broadcasters ask the US Supreme Court to weigh in on broadcast ownership deregulation.