Public Interest Obligations

FCC Gets Complaints Over Alleged President Trump Profanity Reporting

A Federal Communications Commission spokesperson confirmed that a handful of indecency complaints have been registered with the FCC over the alleged "shithole" comment by President Donald Trump that some broadcasters were repeating verbatim (there

End Discriminatory Regulations Against Broadcast

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission's tentative $13.4 million fine against Sinclair for allegedly airing news programming that was paid for by a sponsor is just one more example of antiquated rules targeting broadcasting alone.

Destroying what made American broadcasting great

[Commentary] Historically, the Federal Communications Commission has carried out its congressional charge to uphold the public interest in the airwaves by protecting broadcaster’s obligation to localism.

Holiday Handouts: How the FCC Gave Gifts to Sinclair and Lumps of Coal for Consumers

At the end of the day, each action the Federal Communications Commission took described below has furthered Sinclair’s efforts to merge with Tribune at the expense of consumers.

FCC Proposes to Fine Sinclair Broadcast Group Over $13 Million for Violations of Sponsorship ID Rules

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $13,376,200 fine against Sinclair Broadcast Group for apparently failing to make required disclosures in connection with programming sponsored by a third party.

How Ajit Pai tore up the rulebook for the information age

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rewritten the rules of the information age so thoroughly that there's no mode of communication under his control where the rules aren't looser than they were a year ago.

UHF Discount Foes Tell Court Their Arguments Stand

Free Press, United Church of Christ, and the almost half dozen others who are challenging the Federal Communications Commission's decision to reinstate the UHF discount, have told a federal court that nothing in the arguments from the government a

Too High a Price for America’s Next Generation TV System

[Commentary] On November 16, the Federal Communications Commission granted TV licensees the right to provide what it euphemistically called “the next generation TV broadcast standard.” Although this giveaway of spectrum rights (popularly known as

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December 2017 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the December Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Sinclair Deal Debated On Hill

Sinclair/Tribune deal friends and foes clashed on Capitol Hill Nov 15 at a debate and panel session hosted by the Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy. The forum did not break a lot of new ground, but there was some scorched