This Week in Regulations for Broadcasters: April 23, 2022 to April 29, 2022

Here are some of the important regulatory developments for broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information on how these actions may affect your operations.

  • FEMA officials announced at the NAB Show that there will be no nationwide EAS testing in 2022. FEMA expects the next test to take place in early 2023.
  • The FCC has released a draft order that, if passed, would allow FM and LPFM broadcasters using directional antennas to use computer modeling to verify antenna directional patterns. The current requirement is that the measured relative field strength pattern of an FM or LPFM directional antenna performance must be verified using a full-scale mock-up or scale model over a range of test or in an anechoic chamber. The proposed rule change would align the FM rules with those for AM and DTV directional antennas. Watch for a vote on this article at the FCC’s May 22 public meeting. (Order project)
  • Media Bureau Audio Division Chief Al Shuldiner told NAB Show attendees that the migration of applications and forms from the FCC’s legacy filing portal CDBS to its current LMS portal will continue next month. LMS users should watch for the public notice in mid-May. This will include moving STA requests, now submitted via email, to the LMS. During the same session, Video Division Chief Barbara Kreisman encouraged licensees and their attorneys to ensure their LMS contact information is correct so that the FCC can contact the right person if necessary, especially to resolve issues with pending renewal requests. Media Bureau Chief Holly Sauer urged broadcasters to respond to FCC requests for biennial property reports, as FCC staff reviewed reports filed late last year and identified necessary corrections, and wishes to complete this review shortly. She also said the FCC would bring back FCC Form 395, reporting the race and gender breakdown of employees at each station each year. This form has not been used for the past two decades. We wrote about the proposed return of this form, and the issues the FCC is considering, in a post on our broadcast law blog, here.
  • The FCC announced the status of the fourteen applications submitted at Auction 112, the June auction of building permits for 27 new full-power television stations. Seven applications are complete and these applicants can go ahead and submit their initial payments. Six applications are incomplete and need to be amended, and one application was rejected because it proposed a non-commercial educational station and the auction rules do not allow the inclusion of non-commercial applications in a commercial auction where there is has commercial candidates for the same string. To continue the auction, those with incomplete claims must submit changes and all participating parties must make initial payments, both of which must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. EST on May 6. Auctions will begin on June 7. To see the Public notice for more details. (Complete applications) (Incomplete applications) (Application rejected)

Comments are closed.