New Hearing Aid Compatibility Standards to Take Effect March 30 Photo courtesy of JD Mason via the Creative Commons License This week, the FCC announced that March 30 will be the effective date for amending hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rules. These rules, published in the Federal Register on March 6, were designed to allow those who are hard of hearing to have access to the national telecommunications network and to further implement the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. View Full Post
Announcing a New Team Member to our CommLawBlog Team: Sekoia Rogers Photo by Jason Leung courtesy of the Creative Commons License Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC and the CommLawBlog team are thrilled to welcome Sekoia Rogers as the firm’s newest associate starting March 1, 2018. Ms. Rogers joined the firm in September 2017 as a legal fellow after receiving her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in May of 2017. View Full Post
FCC Opens Up Special Displacement Window for LPTV Stations Last week the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announced the opening of a 60-day filing window for those LPTV stations who are being displaced as a result of the post-incentive auction repacking process. The “Special Displacement Window” applies to certain LPTV stations, TV translators, and analog-to-digital replacement translators. View Full Post
FCC Extends Comment Deadline on National TV Ownership Cap Photo courtesy of Flash.Pro via Flickr through the Creative Commons License On Feb. 12, the Commission announced that it would extend the comment deadline for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding potential changes to the national television ownership cap. Comments are now due by March 19 and reply comments will be due by April 18. View Full Post
FCC Annual CPNI Certifications Are Back After One Year Off – Due March 1 Photo by Sonja Langford on Unsplash It’s that time of year again! (Well, again after a one-year hiatus, that is.) Time for our annual reminder that the annual customer proprietary network information (CPNI) certifications are due by March 1 for most (but not necessarily all) telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers. View Full Post
Comment Period Now Open on National Ownership Cap Photo by Frank Okay on Unsplash Last Friday, the FCC published the December Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the national ownership cap in the Federal Register. As we wrote about back in December, the NPRM addresses the current prohibition on any entity owning or controlling television stations that reach more than 39 percent of US television households. View Full Post
On the eve of the 2018 mid-term elections, broadcasters will soon have to navigate the FCC’s rules on political broadcasting. To assist with this, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth’s Dan Kirkpatrick, Frank Montero, and Scott Johnson, were joined by the FCC’s Bobby Baker and Gary Schonman to present, in collaboration with the Colorado Broadcasters Association, to host a webinar on the FCC’s political broadcasting rules.  View Full Post