The FCC has approved its schedule for collecting $322,035,000 in regulatory fees — over a third of which ($113.22 million) it will be collecting from cable, satellite and broadcast licensees — and it includes another increase for DBS and a new calculation method for TV stations.
President Trump said meetings with executives prompted him to ask the SEC to study letting public companies file financial reports every six months instead of every quarter.
The National Association of Broadcasters says more work needs to be done on the FCC’s system for identifying where incumbent TV station spectrum users and fixed unlicensed white spaces devices are before using it to allow unlicensed wireless (broadband) use in those so-called “white spaces” between channels.
President Trump’s relationship with Omarosa Manigault Newman goes back to their days on The Apprentice, but has turned sour with her tell-all book and White House tapes.
Democratic lawmakers are putting heat on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over a recent inspector general report that found the agency falsely claimed it had suffered a cyberattack that briefly took down its electronic comment system amid the backlash over its repeal of net neutrality.
The FCC on Monday said that a cyberattack on its comment system that it claimed had taken place last year never actually happened. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement saying the agency’s former CIO provided “inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress and the American people.”
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Monday that the Senate Commerce Committee, which he chairs, will hold a hearing with the current four FCC commissioners on Aug. 15.
It may be time for summer vacations, but the FCC seemingly never rests, so there are a number of important dates of which broadcasters need to take note. In addition, there are numerous open FCC proceedings in which broadcasters may want to participate.