Most Kids TV Changes Take Effect Sept. 16

Notice was published in the Federal Register today of the FCC’s changes in the children’s television rules — setting the effective date for most of those new rules as Sept. 16.

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Moving Closer To LPTV, Translator Reimbursement

FCC Fines ABC Over ‘Kimmel’ EAS Tones

The FCC today said Walt Disney Co.’s ABC unit has agreed to pay a $395,000 civil penalty after an October 2018 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live used a simulated wireless alert tone.

Pai Circulates Order To Approve Sprint/T-Mobile

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday circulated a draft order that would grant approval to the $26 billion tie-up of T-Mobile Us Inc. and Sprint Corp.

Kids TV Reforms, Paperwork Reduction One Step Closer

Court Vacates FCC Dereg Of Cell Tower-Site Reviews

Trump Wants FCC To Monitor Social Media

A draft executive order from the White House could put the FCC in charge of shaping how Facebook, Twitter and other large tech companies curate what appears on their websites, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. The draft order, a summary of which was obtained by CNN, calls for the FCC to develop new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms.

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If The FCC Fines You Once, Don’t Do It Again

The FCC this week issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing a $233,000 fine to Cumulus Media for violations of the sponsorship identification rules.  The fine illustrates not only how seriously the FCC takes its sponsorship identification rules (particularly in the context of political and issue advertising) but also the how aggressively the FCC can act for even the slightest violation of a consent decree involving a prior violation of its rules.

Charter Challenges Broadcasters’ 3.0 Argument

Charter execs put on something of a full court press at FCC last week to talk down broadcaster’s ATSC 3.0 transition. They met with staffers in the Media Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology, as well as aides to four of the five commissioners, including the chairman. “We also discussed the consumer benefits of the ATSC 3.0 transition, noting that broadcasters have yet to define which among those possible uses of the new standard they are interested in pursuing,” Charter said in summarizing the meeting.

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EAS National Test Scheduled For Aug. 7

Unless it is delayed by a real national emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC are on track to conduct a combined nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 2:20 p.m. ET.  For most participants, this year’s test will be disseminated only using the broadcast “daisy chain,” rather than through the internet-based Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.