With the federal government and the FCC under new management, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel may well take the commission in a direction that aligns with the policies she supported during her time as a commissioner. It is notable that, no matter what policies she advances, the routine regulatory dates that fill up a broadcaster’s calendar are generally unchanged. Some of the dates and deadlines which broadcasters should remember in February are discussed here.
The new year will bring big changes to the Washington broadcast regulation scene, with the inauguration of a new president and installation of a new FCC chair who will make an imprint on the agency with his or her own priorities. And routine regulatory dates and deadlines will continue to fill up a broadcaster’s calendar. So let’s look at what to expect in the world of Washington regulation in the coming month.
November is one of those few months with no routine FCC filing obligations (no renewals, reports, fees or other regularly scheduled deadlines. While that might seem to suggest that you can take time that you normally devote to regulatory actions to begin your holiday preparations even in this most unusual year, there are still many issues to consider, and you can also use this month to plan for complying with deadlines that fall in December.
October is an unusual month where there are several routine FCC regulatory deadlines — renewals, EEO filings, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, and the must-carry/retransmission consent deadline, but no significant broadcast rulemaking comment deadlines, perhaps as we are nearing the end of the current administration which might not be around to finish any proceeding started now.
As in any year, as summer ends, regulatory activity picks up — and this year appears to be no different. Each year, in September, regulatory fees are due, as the FCC is required to collect them before the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. We expect that the final amount of those fees, and the deadlines and procedures for payment, should be announced any day.
While we are approaching the end of summer in this most unusual year, the regulatory dates keep coming, though perhaps a bit slower than at other times of the year. One of the big dates that broadcasters should be looking for is the announcement of the annual regulatory fees that will likely be paid sometime in September.
July is usually a month of family vacations and patriotic celebrations. While the pandemic has seen to it that those activities, if they happen at all, will look different than they have in years past, there are plenty of regulatory obligations to fill a broadcaster’s long, summer days. Here are a few of the dates and deadlines to watch for in July, and a quick reminder of some of the significant filings due right at the beginning of August.
June is a busy month with important obligations for many stations. June brings the start of summer and the start of the license renewal cycle for television stations. Also, the FCC will hold its Open Meeting on June 9 and there is one item in particular that will interest TV stations that have adopted or plan to adopt the ATSC 3.0 standard. And there’s more.
May is one of those months where there are no regularly scheduled regulatory filings (e.g., no renewals, EEO reports, fee filings or scheduled public file disclosures). Nevertheless, as always, there are a number of important regulatory dates — and changes in some dates — for May of which broadcasters should be aware.
Life has been upended for most Americans due to the spread of the coronavirus and that tumult is, of course, reaching broadcasters as it reaches others throughout the country. With most FCC forms and filings being submitted electronically, and remote work already being routine for many FCC employees, there should be minimal disruption to broadcasters’ routine daily dealings with the commission. Here’s what’s on tap for next month.
As the calendar flips to March, many of us have put our trust in Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecasting expertise that an early spring is coming. A surer place to put our trust, however, is in the guarantee that there are always some regulatory dates about which broadcasters should be aware. While March is a month without with many of the regularly scheduled deadlines for renewals, EEO public file reports or Quarterly Issues Programs lists, there are still plenty of regulatory dates about which you should take notice.
With the holiday season getting smaller in the rear-view mirror and many parts of the country dealing with ice, snow, and single-digit temperatures, broadcasters could be forgiven for dreaming about the sunshine and warmth that come with spring. Before spring arrives, however, broadcasters need to tend to important regulatory matters in February.
As he does every year, attorney David Oxenford has put together a Broadcaster’s Regulatory Calendar for 2020. While this calendar can’t be seen as an exhaustive list of every regulatory date that your station will face, it highlights many of the most important dates for broadcasters in this year.
With many Americans using the holiday season to rest and recharge, broadcasters should do the same but not forget that January is a busy month for complying with several important regulatory deadlines for broadcast stations. These include dates that regularly occur for broadcasters, as well as some unique to this month. So don’t head off to Grandma’s house without making sure that you have all of your regulatory obligations under control.
October is one of the busiest months on the broadcaster’s regulatory calendar. Here’s a rundown of what’s up.
While September is one of those months in which there are few of the normally recurring filing deadlines (no EEO reports, renewal filings or quarterly reports need to be submitted during the month), there is one big deadline that no commercial broadcaster should forget — the filing of annual regulatory fees.
Among items on tap at the FCC this month: license renewals, quarterly Issues Programs Lists and children’s television reports, repacking and EEO dates and comments on the Quadrennial Review.
November is perhaps the month with the lightest schedule of routine FCC regulatory filing obligations. Nor are there other routine obligations that come up in the course of any year. So does that mean that there are no dates of interest this month for broadcasters? As always, there are always a few dates of which you need to keep track.
October is one of the busiest months on the broadcast regulatory calendar, as it includes a confluence of routine EEO filing requirements, quarterly filing requirements for Children’s Television Reports, public file uploading for all stations for their Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, a nationwide EAS test and comment dates in many FCC proceedings.
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.
The holidays are over, and while the regulation never stops, it is time to once again buckle down and look at what is on the horizon for broadcasters. While, in the next few days, we will have our typical look ahead at the broadcast regulatory agenda in Washington for the New Year, we also need to look at more immediate deadlines in the month of January.
While the end of the year is just about upon us, that does not mean that broadcasters can ignore the regulatory world and celebrate the holidays all through December. In fact, December will be a busy regulatory month, as witnessed by the list of issues to be considered at the FCC meeting on Dec. 14. But, in addition to those issues, there are plenty of other deadlines to keep any broadcaster busy.
June brings some of the normal regulatory deadlines for stations in certain states. In addition, there are few broadcast proceedings with comment dates in June. Here’s the rundown.
While we are into the holiday season, that does not stop the routine regulatory obligations for broadcasters. Dec. 1 brings a host of routine obligations for stations in many states.
June brings some standard obligations for broadcasters in a number of states with anniversaries of their license renewal filing. In addition to these routine regulatory deadlines, comment dates on certain FCC proceedings, a new CALM Act deadline and some decisions for which broadcasters should be watching are among the regulatory actions that we can expect this coming month.