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FCC Announces Second Filing Window for Upgrades and purchase viagra professional New Channels for Repacked TV Stations – October 3 through November 2

The FCC yesterday released a Public Notice (linked here ) announcing that it will open the post-Incentive Auction “second filing window” on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 .  In this window, any repacked TV station, including stations that changed from UHF to VHF during the incentive auction and repacked Class A stations, can file an amendment to its initial construction permit application (if still pending), or a modification to its construction permit (if granted) to seek an alternate channel or expanded facilities from those specified in the April 13, 2017 Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice.    This follows the first window (about which we wrote here ) which allowed certain stations that could not construct on their assigned channels to seek new ones, and it precedes a future window for displaced LPTV and TV translators to seek new channels (see our articles here and here ). This window gives TV stations an opportunity to apply for a greater coverage area if such an upgrade is possible without creating interference to any other station.  The window will close at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, November 2, 2017 .

Reminder: Repacking Transition Progress Report Must Be Filed by Repacked TV Stations by October 10

The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice ( available here ) reminding all TV stations (including Class A TV stations) that are changing channels as a result of the TV incentive auction, including those receiving compensation from auction payments for moving from UHF to VHF channels, that they must file their first quarterly Transition Progress Report no later than October 10, 2017 .  The reports should be filed on FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 387, which is now available by logging in to the FCC’s Licensing and Management System ( https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/login.html ).  The Transition Progress Report form just became available in LMS this week. Additional reports will be due on the 10 th of the month following the end of each calendar quarter, with additional reports due closer to the station’s Phase Assignment and after completing the transition.

FCC Issues Draft Proposal To Revoke Rule Requiring Physical Copy of FCC Rules at All Broadcast Stations

We yesterday wrote about Chairman Pai’s promise to start the process of modernizing media regulation by abolishing a simple but outdated rule – one requiring that each broadcast station have a physical copy of the FCC rules on the station premises. Yesterday, the FCC released a draft of their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement that change in the rules. That draft will be considered at the FCC meeting later this month (on September 26), after which a final copy of the NPRM will be released, and later published in the Federal Register setting formal comment dates. It is a very small step toward the modernization of media regulation sought by the Chairman, but a step nevertheless.  

FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 26

The FCC late yesterday released an Order setting the amount of FY2017 Annual Regulatory fees, along with a public notice setting September 26 as the deadline for those fees. Reg fees may be paid now through September 26. If not paid by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on that date, penalties of 25% will be assessed. In addition, applications by any licensee that has not paid its fees may be held by the Commission without action until the fees are paid, and can even end up resulting in a license cancellation in cases where the failure is a long-term unresolved issue. The public notice also makes clear that fees can only be paid by electronic transfer of funds.

FCC Extends Filing Deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports Until March 2, 2018, But Will Require Reporting of Station Ownership as of October 1, 2017…

The FCC on Friday announced that they were extending the deadline for filing Biennial Ownership Reports by broadcasters from December 1 to March 2, 2018 to be sure that the new version of the form in the FCC’s LMS database will be up and ready to be used. The FCC will open the window for filing these ownership reports on December 1 (which was to be the deadline). However, the reports will still report on the ownership of each broadcast station as of October 1, 2017, meaning that station owners who sell their station between October 1 and the new deadline are being told by the FCC that they will need to file their own biennial reports – even if they no longer own any broadcast stations.

More and cheapest viagra prices More Actions on Pirate Radio – What is Next?

It seems like virtually every day, the FCC announces that it has sent numerous Notices to pirate radio operators warning them that their operations are illegal and that, if the operations do not cease, legal penalties may follow. Yesterday, the FCC released ten such Notices, including ones sent to operators of pirate radio stations themselves (see notices here and here ) and to the owners of buildings in which pirate radio operations have been tracked (see notices here and here ). These Notices have been common over the past several months, seemingly signaling a new focus on pirate radio operations by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau

September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Including Reg Fees, Nationwide EAS Test, Must-Carry Letters, Lowest Unit Rate, Translator and Repack…

Summer is coming to an end, but the legal obligations never take a vacation, and September brings another list of regulatory deadlines for broadcasters. While the month is one of those without the usual list of EEO Public File obligations or quarterly FCC filing obligations, there still are a number of other regulatory deadlines for which broadcasters need to be prepared. For commercial broadcasters, the September date that should be on everyone’s mind is the deadline for the payment of annual regulatory fees . As we wrote here , there is an FCC order circulating among the Commissioners that should be released any day, setting the amounts of the regulatory fees and the deadline for their payment

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