Davina Sashkin

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Ms. Sashkin specializes in broadcast media regulation and compliance, broadband technology development and regulation, and media transactional work.

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With the whirl of the holiday season upon us, most broadcasters rightly thought they could put off looking ahead to the next license renewal cycle until 2019. Au contraire, says the FCC, which began sending out blast emails to certain radio licensees on December 6, warning that FCC internal audits have revealed that many stations’ online public files (OPIF) are not up to snuff. Thanks to the Commission’s shift in recent years to requiring maintenance…
On Friday, March 23 President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion appropriations bill that will mean some significant changes to the broadcasting community. The 2,232-page omnibus bill not only includes an additional $1 billion for spectrum repack on top of the already $1.75 billion already allocated, but also changes how broadcasters are treated in terms of access to funding, resources and critical areas in cases of disasters. To cut right down to the chase: this is…
On Oct. 16, 2017, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the FCC’s Media Bureau jointly announced the initial allocation from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Relocation Fund) for the reimbursement of eligible full power and Class A television stations as well as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) (Eligible Entities) impacted by the Incentive Auction. The initial allocation of the Relocation Fund makes available $1 billion for reimbursement of Eligible Entities’ expenses related to the construction…
On April 20, 2017, the FCC announced two new developments for NCE stations. First, the FCC stated that it will no longer require the officers and board members of NCE stations to obtain FCC registration numbers (“FRNs”), a process which requires individuals to disclose personal information such as social security numbers. NCE station officers and board members may instead opt to use “special use” FRNs (which do not require disclosing personal information to the Commission)…
With the release of the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (affectionately known as the “CCR”), the FCC officially draws the spectrum Incentive Auction to a close. The CCR is a must-read for TV broadcasters and wireless carriers alike. It announces broadcast and wireless winning bidders, sets deadlines and timetables for filings, and provides buildout benchmarks relevant to both broadcasters and wireless companies to convert the new 600 MHz band to wireless use. …
After teasing that such relief was coming, the FCC has confirmed a partial waiver of the limitations on communications for reverse auction participants. In other words, broadcasters who participated in the auction, regardless of whether they were successful bidders or will remain on the air, are now free to communicate with all parties about their status. This relief comes at a critical time when the post-auction repack transition is about to get underway. Stations are…
FCC Releases Proposed Progress Report Form and Seeks to Require Non-Reimbursable Stations to Comply As the end of the Incentive Auction (hopefully) nears, the FCC has released additional information about the requirements and mechanisms for post-auction transition progress reporting by reimbursement-eligible stations, and has put out for comment a proposal to require similar reporting from stations which are not eligible for reimbursement funds but will nonetheless be relocated in the post-auction landscape. Full-power and Class…
As part of the FCC’s initiative to revitalize AM stations, Puerto Rico station owner Wilfredo Blanco-Pi petitioned the FCC to allow AM stations to employ synchronous boosters, not just on a temporary basis, but permanently. Now, the FCC is seeking comment on the proposal to amend Part 73 of its rules. Comments must be submitted via the Commission’s online filing system by December 29. Blanco-Pi, who’s also an electrical engineer, operates stations in Puerto Rico.…
On September 30 the Commission released a public notice soliciting comment on a plan for the post-Incentive Auction transition. As you might expect, the plan is complicated and dense with detail – we here in the CommLawBlog are still working our way through it – but the FCC’s initial plan is to get the public’s input on the plan within six weeks. Comments are due by October 31, 2016, replies by November 15. That’s…
Bureau announces, sort of, deadline for eligibility for first post-Spectrum Auction displacement window. LPTV and TV Translator licensees have known for some time – at least since last December – that they’re going to need to be “operating” as of a certain date in order to be eligible for the first displacement window that will open post-auction. But what that “certain date” might be has been, um, less than certain. No longer, according to the…