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Federal Communications Commission -- Channel Lineup Requirements-Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative2018-May-012018-09065In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes to eliminate the requirement that cable operators maintain at their local office a current listing of the cable television channels that each cable system delivers to its subscribers. In addition, the Commission invites comment on whether we should also eliminate the requirement that certain cable operators make their channel lineup available via their online public inspection file. In response to a Public Notice launching the Commission's Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative, commenters asked the Commission to consider eliminating both of these requirements because channel lineup information is available from other sources and the requirements are therefore unnecessary. With this proceeding, the Commission continues its efforts to modernize its rules and eliminate outdated and unnecessary regulatory burdens that can impede competition and innovation in the media marketplace.
Federal Communications Commission -- Maintenance of Copies of FCC Rules2018-Mar-302018-06029In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) eliminates rules that require certain broadcast and cable entities to maintain paper copies of the Commission's regulations. As set forth below, we conclude that eliminating these requirements, which apply to low power TV, TV and FM translators, TV and FM booster stations, cable television relay station (CARS) licensees, and certain cable operators, will advance the Commission's goal of reducing outdated regulations and unnecessary regulatory burdens that can impede competition and innovation in media markets.
Federal Communications Commission -- Restoring Internet Freedom2018-Feb-222018-03464In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) returns to the light-touch regulatory scheme that enabled the internet to develop and thrive for nearly two decades. The Commission restores the classification of broadband internet access service as a lightly-regulated information service and reinstates the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet access service. The Restoring Internet Freedom Order requires internet service providers (ISPs) to disclose information about their network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of service. Finding that transparency is sufficient to protect the openness of the internet and that conduct rules have greater costs than benefits, the Order eliminates the conduct rules imposed by the Title II Order.
Federal Communications Commission -- Cable Television Technical and Operational Standards2018-Feb-222018-03547In this document, we modernize the Commission's signal leakage and signal quality rules that apply to cable operators and other MVPDs and reflect the cable industry's transition from analog to digital systems. These rules are intended to make sure that cable systems do not leak signals that could interfere with other services and ensure that subscribers receive high-quality picture and sound.
Federal Communications Commission -- Deletion of Rules Made Obsolete by the Digital Television Transition2018-Feb-082018-02552In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) eliminates rules that have been made obsolete by the digital television transition.
Library of Congress -- Streamlining the Single Application and Clarifying Eligibility Requirements2018-Feb-062018-02204On December 16, 2017, the U.S. Copyright Office released a new version of the Single Application, an online registration option that allows a single author to register a claim in one work that is solely owned by the same author and is not a work made for hire. The new Single Application includes enhanced features that should improve the user experience, increase the efficiency of the examination, and reduce the correspondence rate for these types of claims. To coincide with these technical upgrades, the Office is now proposing to amend its regulations to clarify the eligibility requirements for the Single Application, and codify certain practices set forth in the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. In addition, the proposed rule confirms that the Single Application may be used to register one sound recording and one musical work, literary work, or dramatic work--notwithstanding the fact that a sound recording and the work embodied in that recording are separate works. The proposed rule will also clarify the eligibility requirements for the Office's Standard Application, which is used to register certain works that are ineligible for the Single Application, such as works with more than one owner. In addition, the proposed rule will eliminate the ``short form'' version of the Office's paper applications, and make technical amendments to the regulations governing preregistration, architectural works, mask works, vessel designs, the unit of publication registration option, and the group registration option for database updates. The proposed rule will also allow for paper applications to be certified with a typed or printed signature by removing the requirement that the certification must include a ``handwritten'' signature of the certifying party.
Federal Communications Commission -- Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard2018-Feb-022018-01473In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) authorizes television broadcasters to use the ``Next Generation'' broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard, also called ``ATSC 3.0'' or ``3.0,'' on a voluntary, market-driven basis. This authorization is subject to broadcasters continuing to deliver current-generation digital television (DTV) service, using the ATSC 1.0 transmission standard, also called ``ATSC 1.0'' or ``1.0,'' to their viewers.
Library of Congress -- Statutory Cable, Satellite, and DART License Reporting Practices2017-Dec-012017-25487The U.S. Copyright Office (``Office'') is seeking comment on proposed rules governing the royalty reporting practices of cable operators under section 111 and proposed revisions to the Statement of Account forms, and on proposed amendments to the Statement of Account filing requirements. With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Office intends to resolve issues raised in an earlier Notice of Inquiry directed towards cable reporting practices,\1\ as well as address additional issues that have subsequently arisen. Further, to the extent this rulemaking proposes changes to the Office's section 111 regulations governing the processing of refunds, supplemental or amended payments, or calculation of interest, as well as case management procedures, the Office proposes similar changes with regard to the regulations governing the statutory licenses for satellite carriers and digital audio recording devices or media. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal Communications Commission -- Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment2017-Nov-022017-23217The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) amends its equipment authorization regulations, increasing the Commission's agility to respond to changes in technology and industry standards. This rule consolidates, simplifies, and streamlines certain procedures, and removes the requirement to file the import declaration FCC Form 740 under certain circumstances.
Federal Communications Commission -- Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102017-Aug-102017-15526In this document, the Commission adopts rules pursuant to Section 202 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) to expand the availability of video described programming on top-rated broadcast and nonbroadcast networks. Specifically, the document adopts the proposal to increase the amount of described programming on each ``included network'' carried by a covered broadcast station or multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), from 50 hours per calendar quarter to 87.5 hours per quarter. Covered broadcast stations and MVPDs must start providing the additional hours of video described programming on ``included networks'' in the calendar quarter beginning on July 1, 2018. The document also provides more flexibility than exists under the Commission's current rules regarding when the additional hours of described programming may be aired. This update to the Commission's video description rules will help ensure that Americans who are blind or visually impaired can be connected, informed, and entertained by television.
Federal Communications Commission -- Business Data Services in an Internet Protocol Environment; Technology Transitions; Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers; AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking To Reform Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access Services2017-Jun-022017-10713In this document, a Report and Order provides a new framework for deregulating Business Data Services in areas where competitive forces are able to ensure just and reasonable rates. Acknowledging the presence of increased competition evidenced by the record in this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission amends its rules to reflect changes in the business data services marketplace. By adopting this framework the Commission acts to further bolster competition and investment in business data services, and takes further steps to decrease the cost of broadband infrastructure deployment.
Library of Congress -- Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates2017-May-302017-10970The Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) publish for comment proposed regulations to require covered cable systems to pay a separate per-telecast royalty (a Sports Surcharge) in addition to the other royalties that that cable system must pay under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.
Federal Communications Commission -- Expansion of Revisions to Public Inspection File Requirements-Broadcaster Correspondence File and Cable Principal Headend Location2017-Feb-232017-03465In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) eliminates two public inspection file requirements: The requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain in their public inspection file copies of letters and emails from the public; and the requirement that cable operators maintain for public inspection the designation and location of the cable system's principal headend. Our actions will reduce regulatory burdens on commercial broadcasters and cable operators, advance regulatory parity with respect to our public file requirements among various program distributors, and improve security at local stations and principal headend locations.
Library of Congress -- Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates2016-Sep-132016-20529On April 26, 2016, the Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) published for comment proposed regulations governing royalty rates and terms for the distant retransmission of over-the-air television and radio broadcast stations by cable television systems to their subscribers. The participants in the proceeding concluded their negotiations and asked for readoption of the cable rate regulations without change. The Judges accepted the negotiated settlement and did not propose any substantive changes to the participants' proposed rates and terms. However, the Judges' proposed regulations updated terms, moved the rules to the chapter of the CFR that includes other applicable rules of the Copyright Royalty Board, and proposed certain other non-substantive changes to make the rules easier to read. The Judges received comments from the Phase I parties on the proposed changes and finding the suggested revisions therein clarified the rule, accepted all of the proposed changes.
Federal Communications Commission -- Technology Transitions, Policies and Rules Governing Retirement of Copper Loops by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers2016-Sep-122016-20215In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) initiated this rulemaking in August 2015 to help guide and accelerate the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit-switched voice services running on copper loops to all-IP multi-media networks using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure. In this Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, we take several actions aimed at stripping away anachronistic rules while ensuring that competition continues to thrive and consumers are protected during technology transitions.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revisions to Public Inspection File Requirements-Broadcaster Correspondence File and Cable Principal Headend Location2016-Jun-222016-14793In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes to eliminate two public inspection file requirements--the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain in their public inspection file copies of letters and emails from the public and the requirement that cable operators maintain for public inspection the designation and location of the cable system's principal headend. Because of potential privacy concerns associated with putting the correspondence file online and because many cable operators prefer not to post online the location of their principal headend for security reasons, removing these requirements would enable commercial broadcasters and cable operators to make their entire public inspection file available online and obviate also maintaining a local public file. Eliminating these public file requirements thus would reduce the regulatory burdens on commercial broadcasters and cable operators.
Federal Communications Commission -- Expanding Consumers' Video Navigation Choices; Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices2016-Mar-162016-05763In this document, we propose new rules to empower consumers to choose how they wish to access the multichannel video programming to which they subscribe, and promote innovation in the display, selection, and use of this programming and of other video programming available to consumers. We take steps to fulfill our obligation under section 629 of the Communications Act to assure a commercial market for devices that can access multichannel video programming and other services offered over multichannel video programming systems. We propose rules intended to allow consumer electronics manufacturers, innovators, and other developers to build devices or software solutions that can navigate the universe of multichannel video programming with a competitive user interface. We also seek comment on outstanding issues related to our CableCARD rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices2016-Mar-162016-05762The Commission amends a set-top box rule to eliminate a requirement that multichannel video programming distributors rely on separated security in devices that they sell, lease, or otherwise provide to subscribers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Expansion of Online Public File Obligations to Cable and Satellite TV Operators and Broadcast and Satellite Radio Licensees2016-Feb-292016-04117In this document, the Commission expand the list of entities that will be required to post their public inspection files to the FCC's online database. In 2012, the Commission adopted online public file rules that required broadcast television stations to post public file documents to a central, FCC-hosted online database rather than maintaining paper files locally at their main studios. Our goals were to modernize the procedures television broadcasters use to inform the public about how they are serving their communities, to make information concerning broadcast service more accessible to the public, and, over time, to reduce the cost of broadcasters' compliance. This final rule document continues our modernization effort by expanding the online file to other media entities to extend the benefits of improved public access to public inspection files and, ultimately, reduce the burden of maintaining these files.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus2016-Feb-042016-00929In this document, the Commission adopts additional rules under the authority of Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which mandate the accessibility of user interfaces on digital apparatus and navigation devices used to view video programming. First, the document adopts usability requirements for entities covered by Section 204 of the CVAA and information, documentation, and training requirements for entities covered by both Section 204 and Section 205 of the CVAA. The document also adopts rules that will require manufacturers of digital apparatus and navigation devices to publicize the availability of accessible devices on manufacturer Web sites that must be accessible to those with disabilities. These requirements will ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to information and documentation about the availability of accessible video devices and how to operate them. The document declines to adopt a requirement that multichannel video programming providers include more detailed program information for public, educational, and governmental channels in their video programming guides, finding that such a requirement is outside the scope of Section 205 of the CVAA. Finally, the document reconsiders guidance on which activation mechanisms for closed captioning are reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon.
Federal Communications Commission -- Technology Transitions, Policies and Rules Governing Retirement of Copper Loops by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers and Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers2015-Oct-192015-24505The Commission initiated this rulemaking in January 2015 to help guide and accelerate the technological revolutions that are underway involving the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit- switched voice services running on copper loops to all-IP multi-media networks using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure. This rulemaking and order on reconsideration is only one of a series of Commission actions to protect core values and ensure the success of these technology transitions. In this item, we take steps to ensure that competition continues to thrive and to protect consumers during transitions. These steps will help to ensure that the technology transitions continue to succeed.
Federal Communications Commission -- Television Market Modification; Statutory Implementation2015-Oct-022015-24999In this document, the Commission adopts satellite television market modification rules to implement section 102 of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act of 2014. The STELAR gives the Commission authority to modify a commercial television broadcast station's local television market for purposes of satellite carriage rights. In this document, the Commission revises the current cable market modification rule to apply also to satellite carriage, while adding provisions to address the unique nature of satellite television service. The document also makes conforming and other minor changes to the cable market modification rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Technology Transitions, Policies and Rules Governing Retirement of Copper Loops by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers and Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers2015-Sep-252015-23623In this document, the Commission takes further action on a rulemaking it initiated in January 6, 2015, to help guide and accelerate the technological revolutions that are underway involving the transitions from networks based on TDM circuit-switched voice services running on copper loops to all-IP multi-media networks using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure. This Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) is only one of a series of Commission actions to protect core values and ensure the success of these technology transitions. In this FNPRM, we take steps to ensure that competition continues to thrive and to protect consumers during transitions. These steps will help to ensure that the technology transitions continue to succeed.
Federal Communications Commission -- Reorganization of the Enforcement Bureau's Field Operations2015-Sep-082015-21963The Federal Communications Commission (the Commission) acts to improve the Commission's efficiency, effectively manage Commission resources, and align the Commission's field enforcement activities with contemporary needs for a field enforcement presence. The Commission, the Office of Managing Director and the Enforcement Bureau will take several actions to realign the mission and resources of its 24 field offices. The Bureau's field offices will primarily support the enforcement of the Commission's radio frequency spectrum rules and other key regulations in a manner likely to have the greatest impact, in the most cost effective way possible.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description2015-Jul-102015-16324In this document, the Commission adopts additional rules under the authority of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) to make emergency information in video programming accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. First, the document requires multichannel video programming distributors to pass through a secondary audio stream containing audible emergency information when they permit consumers to access linear programming on second screen devices, such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and similar devices. Second, the document requires manufacturers of apparatus that receive or play back video programming to provide a mechanism that is simple and easy to use for activating the secondary audio stream to access audible emergency information.
Federal Communications Commission -- Concerning Effective Competition; Implementation of Section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act2015-Jul-022015-15806In this document, the Commission improves and expedites the Effective Competition process by adopting a rebuttable presumption that cable operators are subject to Competing Provider Effective Competition. This action implements section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, which directs the Commission to adopt a streamlined Effective Competition process for small cable operators.
Federal Communications Commission -- Modernizing Common Carrier Rules2015-May-062015-10470In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) initiates a rulemaking that seeks to update the Commission's rules to better reflect current requirements and technology by removing outmoded regulations from the CFR. The Commission proposes to update the CFR by eliminating certain rules from which the Commission has forborn and eliminating references to telegraph service in certain rules. The Commission would clarify regulatory requirements, and modernize our rules to better reflect the state of the current telecommunications market.
Federal Communications Commission -- Television Market Modification; Statutory Implementation2015-Apr-132015-08435In this document, the Commission proposes satellite television market modification rules to implement section 102 of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) Reauthorization Act of 2014 (``STELAR''). The STELAR amended the Communications Act and the Copyright Act to give the Commission authority to modify a commercial television broadcast station's local television market for purposes of satellite carriage rights. In this document, the Commission proposes to revise the current cable market modification rule to apply also to satellite carriage, while adding provisions to address the unique nature of satellite television service. The document also proposes to make conforming changes to the cable market modification rules and considers whether to make any other changes to the current market modification rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet2015-Apr-132015-07841In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) establishes rules to protect and promote the open Internet. Specifically, the Open Internet Order adopts bright-line rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization; a rule preventing broadband providers from unreasonably interfering or disadvantaging consumers or edge providers from reaching one another on the Internet; and provides for enhanced transparency into network management practices, network performance, and commercial terms of broadband Internet access service. These rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The Order reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service subject to Title II of the Communications Act. Finally, the Order forbears from the majority of Title II provisions, leaving in place a framework that will support regulatory action while simultaneously encouraging broadband investment, innovation, and deployment.
Federal Communications Commission -- Amendment to the Commission's Rules Concerning Effective Competition; Implementation of Section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act2015-Mar-202015-06541In this document, the Commission asks whether it should adopt a rebuttable presumption that cable operators are subject to effective competition. A franchising authority is permitted to regulate basic cable rates only if the cable system is not subject to effective competition. This proceeding will also implement section 111 of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, which directs the Commission to adopt a streamlined effective competition process for small cable operators.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 20142015-Mar-032015-04337The Federal Communications Commission (``Commission'') amends its rules to implement certain provisions of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014. Collectively, those provisions: Extend to January 1, 2020 the good faith negotiation requirements applicable to multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs'') and television broadcast stations, and the exclusive contract prohibition applicable to such broadcast stations; prohibit same-market television broadcast stations from coordinating negotiations or negotiating on a joint basis for retransmission consent except under certain conditions; prohibit a television broadcast station from limiting the ability of an MVPD to carry into its local market television signals that are deemed ``significantly viewed'' or that otherwise are permitted to be carried by the MVPD, with certain exceptions; and eliminate the ``sweeps prohibition'' in the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (``the Act'').
Federal Communications Commission -- Expansion of Online Public File Obligations to Cable and Satellite TV Operators and Broadcast and Satellite Radio Licensees2015-Feb-132015-02531In this document, the Commission proposes to expand to cable operators, satellite TV providers, broadcast radio licensees, and satellite radio licensees the requirement that public inspection files be posted to the FCC's online database. In 2012, the Commission adopted online public file rules for broadcast television stations that required them to post public file documents to a central, FCC-hosted online database rather than maintaining the files locally at their main studios. Now that television broadcasters have completed their transition to the online file, the Commission believes it is appropriate to commence the process of expanding the online file to other media entities to extend the benefits of improved public access to public inspection files and, ultimately, reduce the burden of maintaining these files.
Federal Communications Commission -- Open Video System2015-Jan-302015-01594In this document, the Office of the Managing Director (OMD) makes nonsubstantive, editorial revisions to correct outdated cross- references in the Federal Communications Commission's Open Video System (OVS) rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Promoting Innovation and Competition in the Provision of Multichannel Video Programming Distribution Services2015-Jan-152014-30777In this document, the Commission propose new rules designed to better reflect the fact that video services are being provided increasingly over the Internet. Specifically, we propose to modernize our interpretation of the term ``multichannel video programming distributor'' (``MVPD'') by including within its scope services that make available for purchase, by subscribers or customers, multiple linear streams of video programming, regardless of the technology used to distribute the programming. Such an approach will ensure both that incumbent providers will continue to be subject to the pro-competitive, consumer-focused regulations that apply to MVPDs as they transition their services to the Internet and that nascent, Internet-based video programming services will have access to the tools they need to compete with established providers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Sports Blackout Rules2014-Oct-242014-24612In this document, the Commission eliminates the sports blackout rules for cable operators, satellite carriers, and open video systems. Elimination of the sports blackout rules will remove unnecessary and outdated regulations and remove regulatory reinforcement (and the Commission's implicit endorsement) of the NFL's private blackout policy, which deprives consumers of the ability to view on television the teams that they have subsidized through publicly-funded stadiums and other tax benefits. Elimination of the sports blackout rules may not end all sports blackouts. To the extent that the NFL (or any other sports league) chooses to continue its private blackout policy, it will no longer entitled to the protections of the sports blackout rules. Instead, it must rely on the same avenues available to any other entity that wishes to protect its distribution rights in the private marketplace.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act2014-Aug-272014-20251In this document, the Commission makes minor changes to the rules that restrict the volume of television commercials. Specifically, as required by the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, the Commission incorporates by reference into the Commission's rules the Advanced Television Systems Committee's (ATSC) March 12, 2013 A/85:2013 Recommended Practice (RP) (Successor RP), replacing the July 25, 2011 A/85:2011 Recommended Practice (Current RP), incorporated into the Commission's rules in 2011. The Successor RP will become mandatory on June 4, 2015. The 2013 Successor RP applies an improved loudness measurement algorithm to conform to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) updated BS.1770 measurement algorithm, ``BS.1770-3.''
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010; Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Clips2014-Aug-052014-18203In this document, as part of the Commission's continued implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (``CVAA''), it concludes that clips of video programming covered by the statute must be captioned when delivered using Internet protocol (``IP''). The Commission adopts rules governing such captioning and sets out a schedule of deadlines. These requirements will apply where a video programming distributor or provider posts on its Web site or application a video clip of video programming that it published or exhibited on television with captions on or after the applicable compliance deadline.
Federal Communications Commission -- Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet2014-Jul-012014-14859The Federal Communications Commission initiates a rulemaking seeking public comment on how best to protect and promote an open Internet following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' remand of portions of the Commission's 2010 Open Internet 5919-FR-762 (Sept. 23, 2011). In this document, among other things, we propose enhancements to the transparency rule, adopting the text of the no- blocking rule from the Open Internet Order with a revised rationale, and creating a separate screen that requires broadband providers to adhere to an enforceable legal standard of commercially reasonable practices. The proposed rules and the comment process that follows will help the Commission determine the right public policy to ensure that the Internet remains open.
Federal Communications Commission -- Retransmission Consent Negotiations2014-May-192014-11058The Federal Communications Commission (``Commission'') adopts a rule providing that it is a violation of the duty to negotiate retransmission consent in good faith for a television broadcast station that is ranked among the top four stations as measured by audience share to negotiate retransmission consent jointly with another such station, if the stations are not commonly owned and serve the same geographic market. The rule is intended to promote competition among Top Four broadcast stations for carriage of their signals by multichannel video programming distributors and facilitate the fair and effective completion of retransmission consent negotiations.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus2014-Feb-102014-02234This document contains corrections to the final regulations, which were published in the Federal Register of Friday, December 20, 2013 (78 FR 77209). The final regulations divided portions of 47 CFR part 79 improperly. This document correctly divides part 79.
Federal Communications Commission -- Sports Blackout Rules2014-Jan-242014-01338In this document, the Commission seeks comment on its proposal to eliminate the sports blackout rules. Elimination of the sports blackout rules alone likely would not end sports blackouts, but it would leave sports carriage issues to private solutions negotiated by the interested parties in light of current market conditions and eliminate unnecessary regulation.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus; Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty- First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102013-Dec-202013-28088In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on issues related to rules implementing the requirements of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (``CVAA''). Specifically, the Commission explores whether the Commission should adopt rules to define the term ``usable'' for purposes of implementing the CVAA. The Commission also explores whether the phrase ``accessibility features'' in the Communications Act of 1934 (``the Act'') includes user display settings for closed captioning and whether those sections can be interpreted to require covered entities to ensure that consumers are able to locate and control such settings. In addition, the Commission explores whether there are possible sources of authority for requiring MVPDs to ensure that video programming guides and menus that provide channel and program information include high level channel and program descriptions and titles, as well as a symbol identifying the programs with accessibility options. The Commission also explores whether to require manufacturers of apparatus covered by the CVAA to provide access to the secondary audio stream used for audible emergency information by a mechanism reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon. Furthermore, the Commission explores whether it should impose additional notification requirements on MVPDs regarding the availability of accessible equipment and, if so, what those notification requirements should be. The Commission tentatively concludes that equipment manufacturers subject to the CVAA should be required pursuant to the CVAA to inform consumers about the availability of audibly accessible devices and accessibility solutions.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessibility of User Interfaces, and Video Programming Guides and Menus2013-Dec-202013-28098Pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (``CVAA''), the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts rules requiring the accessibility of user interfaces on digital apparatus and video programming guides and menus on navigation devices for individuals with disabilities. These rules will enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to more easily access video programming on a range of video devices, and will enable consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing to more easily activate closed captioning on video devices.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act2013-Nov-272013-28235In this document, the Commission proposes minor rule changes to incorporate by reference into the Commission's rules and make mandatory the Advanced Television Systems Committee's (ATSC) March 12, 2013 A/85:2013 Recommended Practice (Successor RP), replacing the July 25, 2011 A/85:2011 RP (Current RP), incorporated into the Commission's rules in 2011. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act directs the Commission to incorporate by reference and make mandatory ``any successor'' to the ATSC's A/85 Recommended Practice (RP). This document also seeks comment on the appropriate timing for the 2013 Successor RP to replace the 2011 Current RP, and proposes an effective date of one year from the release date of the Report and Order resulting from this proceeding. The 2013 Successor RP applies an improved loudness measurement algorithm to conform to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) updated BS.1770 measurement algorithm, ``BS.1770-3.''
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102013-Jul-022013-15718The Commission affirms, modifies, and clarifies certain decisions adopted in the Report and Order in MB Docket No. 11-154 regarding closed captioning requirements for video programming delivered using Internet protocol (``IP'') and apparatus used by consumers to view video programming. The action is taken in response to three petitions for reconsideration of the Report and Order, which adopted rules governing the closed captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of IP-delivered video programming and rules governing the closed captioning capabilities of certain apparatus on which consumers view video programming.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102013-Jul-022013-15722In this document, the Commission seeks comment on the potential imposition of closed captioning synchronization requirements for covered apparatus, and on how DVD and Blu-ray players can fulfill the closed captioning requirements of the statute. These issues were raised by petitions for reconsideration of the Report and Order, which adopted rules governing the closed captioning requirements for the owners, providers, and distributors of IP-delivered video programming and rules governing the closed captioning capabilities of certain apparatus on which consumers view video programming.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessible Emergency Information; Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102013-May-242013-11577Pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (``CVAA''), the Commission adopts rules requiring video programming distributors and video programming providers (including program owners) to make televised emergency information accessible to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Commission also adopts rules requiring the manufacturers of devices that display video programming to ensure that certain apparatus are able to make available video description and accessible emergency information.
Federal Communications Commission -- Accessible Emergency Information, and Apparatus Requirements for Emergency Information and Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102012-Nov-282012-28716In this document, the Commission proposes rules to implement provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (``CVAA'') that mandate regulations to ensure that emergency information is accessible to individuals who are blind and visually disabled and that television apparatus are able to make available video description and accessible emergency information. The Commission seeks comment on rules that would apply to the distributors, providers, and owners of television video programming, as well as the manufacturers of devices that display such programming.
Federal Communications Commission -- Basic Service Tier Encryption Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2012-Nov-092012-27350In this document, the Commission adopts new rules to allow cable operators to encrypt the basic service tier in all-digital systems, provided that those cable operators undertake certain consumer protection measures for a limited period of time in order to minimize any potential subscriber disruption.
Federal Communications Commission -- Program Access Rules2012-Oct-312012-26456In this document, the Commission declines to extend the prohibition on exclusive contracts involving satellite-delivered, cable-affiliated programming beyond its October 5, 2012 expiration date. Instead of this prohibition, the Commission will address exclusive contracts involving satellite-delivered, cable-affiliated programming on a case-by-case basis in response to program access complaints. The Commission also affirms its expanded discovery procedures for program access complaints.
Federal Communications Commission -- Program Access Rules2012-Oct-312012-26455In this document, the Commission seeks comment on the following revisions to its program access rules: the establishment of certain rebuttable presumptions in connection with program access complaints challenging exclusive contracts involving cable-affiliated programming; and amendments to its rules to ensure that buying groups utilized by small and medium-sized multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs'') can avail themselves of the program access rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Cable Television Technical and Operational Requirements2012-Oct-092012-24641In this document, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to update technical and operational rules related to cable television systems and other multichannel video programming distributors that operate coaxial cable systems. The Commission seeks comments on rules that would update its minimum signal quality standards and signal leakage detection and monitoring for digital transmission. Additionally, the Commission proposes numerous corrections and updates to its to its cable television technical rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning and Video Description of Video Programming2012-Aug-132012-18898In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) determines that the four factors contained in section 713(e) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act) will continue to apply when evaluating individual requests for closed captioning exemptions under section 713(d)(3) and our corresponding rules, notwithstanding a change in terminology in the statute, enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which replaced the term ``undue burden'' in that section with the term ``economically burdensome.'' The Order further amends the Commission's rules to replace all current references to ``undue burden'' with the term ``economically burdensome.'' These rule amendments correspond with the new statutory language in the CVAA requiring petitioners seeking individual closed captioning exemptions under section 713(d)(3) of the Act to show that providing captions on their programming would be economically burdensome.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act2012-Jul-092012-16165In this document, the Commission adopts rules to implement the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (``CALM'') Act. Among other things, the CALM Act directs the Commission to incorporate into its rules by reference and make mandatory a technical standard, developed by an industry standards development body, that is designed to prevent digital television commercial advertisements from being transmitted at louder volumes than the program material they accompany. As mandated by the statute, the rules apply to digital TV broadcasters, digital cable operators, and other digital multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''). Also per the statute, the rules will take effect one year after adoption, and will therefore be effective as of December 13, 2012. The rules adopted are designed to protect viewers from excessively loud commercials and, at the same time, permit broadcasters and MVPDs to implement their obligations in a minimally burdensome manner. The Commission will require broadcast stations and MVPDs to ensure that all commercials are transmitted to consumers at the appropriate loudness level in accordance with the industry standard.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals: Amendment to the Commission's Rules2012-Jun-182012-14816In this document, the Commission finds it in the public interest to allow the viewability rule to sunset as scheduled. The Commission reinterprets the statutory viewability requirement to permit cable operators to require the use of set-top equipment to view must- carry signals, provided that such equipment is both available and affordable (or provided at no cost). The Commission establishes a transitional period of six months after expiration of the current rule during which hybrid systems will be required to continue to carry the signals of must-carry stations in analog format to all analog cable subscribers. The Commission also concludes that the small-system HD carriage exemption continues to serve the public interest and extends the existing exemption for three more years.
Federal Communications Commission -- Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands: Allocations, Channel Sharing and Improvements to VHF, Report and Order2012-May-232012-12551In the Report and Order, the Commission takes preliminary steps toward making a portion of the UHF and VHF frequency bands currently used by the broadcast television service available for new uses as required under the recently enacted Spectrum Act, while also preserving the integrity of the television broadcast service.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revision of the Commission's Program Access Rules2012-Apr-232012-8991In this document, the Commission seeks comment on whether to retain, sunset, or relax one of the several protections afforded to multichannel video programming distributors by the program access rules--the prohibition on exclusive contracts involving satellite- delivered, cable-affiliated programming. The current exclusive contract prohibition is scheduled to expire on October 5, 2012. The Commission also seeks comment on potential revisions to its program access rules to better address alleged violations, including potentially discriminatory volume discounts and uniform price increases.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102012-Mar-302012-7247Pursuant to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, the FCC revises its regulations to require closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming that is published or exhibited on television with captions after the effective date of the new regulations. The FCC also imposes closed captioning requirements on certain apparatus that receive or play back video programming, and on certain recording devices. This action will better enable individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to view IP-delivered video programming, as Congress intended.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals: Amendment to the Commission's Rules2012-Feb-162012-3703This Fourth FNPRM seeks comment on whether it would be in the public interest to extend the viewability rule and the HD carriage exemption, both of which are currently scheduled to sunset on June 12, 2012. First, we seek comment on whether to extend, in its current form, the ``viewability'' rule, which implements the statutory requirement that all cable subscribers, including those with analog equipment, be able to view must carry television signals. Second, given the apparent widespread reliance of small cable operators on the HD exemption, we propose to extend it for an additional three years, but ask whether this should be the final extension. We note that both rule and exemption would have expired on February 17, 2012 if the DTV transition had not been delayed by Congress. The Commission is therefore concurrently issuing a Declaratory Order clarifying that both the viewability rule and the HD Carriage Exemption will sunset on June 12, 2012, absent Commission action to extend them.
Federal Communications Commission -- Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102011-Nov-032011-28450The Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register of September 8, 2011, a document concerning implementation of the Video Description elements of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Inadvertently the Compliance date was listed as October 1, 2012. This document corrects the Compliance date to reflect the item and rules as adopted and published, which require compliance beginning on July 1, 2012. It also adds a paragraph which was included in the Proposed Rules in this proceeding but inadvertently omitted from the Final Rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Anglers for Christ Ministries, Inc., New Beginning Ministries; Petitioners; Interpretation of Economically Burdensome Standard2011-Nov-012011-28181In this document, the Commission proposes to continue utilizing the factors used for the ``undue burden'' exemption standard when evaluating future petitions seeking individual exemptions under the new economically burdensome standard contained in the CVAA. In addition, the Commission proposes to replace all current references to ``undue burden'' in the Commission's closed captioning rules with the term ``economically burdensome'' to correspond with the new language reflected in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA). The intended effect of this action is to ensure that the Commission's rules conform to section 202 of the CVAA.
Federal Communications Commission -- Basic Service Tier Encryption Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2011-Oct-272011-27743In this document, we propose a new rule to allow cable operators to encrypt the basic service tier in all-digital systems, provided that those cable operators undertake certain consumer protection measures for a limited period of time in order to minimize any potential subscriber disruption.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revision of the Commission's Program Carriage Rules2011-Sep-292011-24239In 1993, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules pertaining to carriage of video programming vendors by multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''), known as the ``program carriage rules.'' The rules are intended to benefit consumers by promoting competition and diversity in the video programming and video distribution markets. In this document, the FCC seeks comment on proposed revisions to or clarifications of the program carriage rules, which are intended to further improve the Commission's procedures and to advance the goals of the program carriage statute.
Federal Communications Commission -- Leased Commercial Access; Development of Competition and Diversity in Video Programming Distribution and Carriage2011-Sep-292011-24240In 1993, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules pertaining to carriage of video programming vendors by multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''), known as the ``program carriage rules.'' The rules are intended to benefit consumers by promoting competition and diversity in the video programming and video distribution markets. In this document, the FCC amends its rules to improve the procedures for addressing complaints alleging violations of the program carriage rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Internet Protocol-Delivered Video Programming: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102011-Sep-282011-24703In this document, the Commission proposes rules to implement provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (``CVAA'') that mandate rules for closed captioning of certain video programming delivered using Internet protocol (``IP''). The Commission seeks comment on rules that would apply to the distributors, providers, and owners of IP-delivered video programming, as well as the devices that display such programming.
Federal Communications Commission -- Preserving the Open Internet2011-Sep-232011-24259This Report and Order establishes protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness. The Commission adopts three basic protections that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as our own prior decisions. First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful Web sites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic. These rules, applied with the complementary principle of reasonable network management, ensure that the freedom and openness that have enabled the Internet to flourish as an engine for creativity and commerce will continue. This framework thus provides greater certainty and predictability to consumers, innovators, investors, and broadband providers, as well as the flexibility providers need to effectively manage their networks. The framework promotes a virtuous circle of innovation and investment in which new uses of the network--including new content, applications, services, and devices--lead to increased end-user demand for broadband, which drives network improvements that in turn lead to further innovative network uses.
Federal Communications Commission -- Broadcast Applications and Proceedings; Fairness Doctrine and Digital Broadcast Television Redistribution Control; Fairness Doctrine, Personal Attacks, Political Editorials and Complaints Regarding Cable Programming Service Rates2011-Sep-092011-23010In this document, the Commission makes several nonsubstantive, editorial revisions to parts 1, 73 and 76 of the Commission's rules. The Commission removes rules that are without current legal effect and are obsolete. The deleted rules include the fairness doctrine, broadcast flag rules and cable programming services complaint rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102011-Sep-082011-22878This Order reinstates the video description rules adopted by the Commission in 2000. ``Video description,'' which is the insertion of audio narrated descriptions of a television program's key visual elements into natural pauses in the program's dialogue, makes video programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The Order reinstates the requirement that large-market broadcast affiliates of the top four national networks, and multichannel video programming distributor systems (``MVPDs'') with more than 50,000 subscribers, provide video description. It also reinstates the requirement that that all network-affiliated broadcasters (commercial or non-commercial) and all MVPDs pass through any video description provided with network programming they carry, to the extent that they are technically capable of doing so and when that technical capability is not being used for another purpose related to the programming.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2011-Jul-082011-16869In this document, we adopt new rules designed to improve the operation of the CableCARD regime until a successor solution becomes effective. The Commission has not been fully successful in implementing the command of Section 629 of the Communications Act to ensure the commercial availability of navigation devices used by consumers to access the services of multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''). The rules adopted in this order are intended to bolster support for retail CableCARD devices so that consumers may access cable services without leasing a set-top box from their cable operators.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act2011-Jun-032011-13822In this document, the Commission proposes rules to implement the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (``CALM'') Act. Among other things, the CALM Act directs the Commission to incorporate into its rules by reference and make mandatory a technical standard developed by an industry standard-setting body that is designed to prevent television commercial advertisements from being transmitted at louder volumes than the program material they accompany. Specifically, the CALM Act requires the Commission to incorporate by reference the ATSC A/85 Recommended Practice (``ATSC A/85 RP'') and make it mandatory ``insofar as such recommended practice concerns the transmission of commercial advertisements by a television broadcast station, cable operator, or other multichannel video programming distributor.'' As mandated by the statute, the proposed rules will apply to TV broadcasters, cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''). The new law requires the Commission to adopt the required regulation on or before December 15, 2011, and it will take effect one year after adoption. The document seeks comment below on proposals regarding compliance, waivers, and other implementation issues.
Federal Communications Commission -- A National Broadband Plan for Our Future2011-May-092011-11137In this document, the Commission revises its pole attachment rules to promote competition and to reduce the potentially excessive costs of deploying telecommunications, cable, and broadband networks. The Commission also revises the telecommunications rate formula for pole attachments consistent with the statutory framework, reinterprets the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to allow incumbent LECs to file complaints before the Commission if they believe a pole attachment rate, term, or condition is unjust and unreasonable, and confirms wireless providers are entitled to the same rate as other telecommunications carriers. In addition, the Commission resolves multiple petitions for reconsideration and addresses various points regarding the nondiscriminatory use of attachment techniques.
Federal Communications Commission -- Amendment of the Commission's Rules Related to Retransmission Consent2011-Mar-282011-7250In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on a series of proposals to streamline and clarify the Commission's rules concerning or affecting retransmission consent negotiations. The Commission believes that these rule changes could allow the market-based negotiations contemplated by the statute to proceed more smoothly, provide greater certainty to the negotiating parties, and help protect consumers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 20102011-Mar-182011-6240In this document, the Commission takes an initial step to implement the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, by seeking comment on the mandated reinstatement of video description rules that would apply to MVPDs and network-affiliated broadcasters.
Commerce Department -- Removal of Regulations That Implement and Administer a Coupon Program for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes2010-Sep-272010-24048The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issues this final rule to remove its regulations to implement and administer the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program (Coupon Program). The regulations implemented provisions of section 3005 of the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, as subsequently amended. The final coupons were issued on August 12, 2009, and expired on November 9, 2009. NTIA is removing its regulations because the Coupon Program is closed and the regulations are now obsolete.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 224 of the Act; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future2010-Jul-152010-17048In this Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission proposes rules to expedite access by telecommunications carriers and cable operators to utility poles. Proposed measures include adoption of a specific timeline for poles survey and make-ready work, use of outside contractors, and improving the availability of data. The FNPRM also proposes to improve the pole attachments enforcement process, and proposes ways to make attachment rates as low and uniform as possible consistent with section 224 of the Communications Act. These steps should lower both the cost of gaining access to utility poles and pole attachment rates. These actions are intended to remove impediments to the deployment of facilities and to increase delivery of broadband services.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 304 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices; Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2010-May-142010-11387In this document, we propose new rules designed to improve the operation of the CableCARD regime in the interim until the successor solution becomes effective. As discussed in a companion Notice of Inquiry, the Commission has not been fully successful in implementing the command of Section 629 of the Communications Act to ensure the commercial availability of navigation devices used by consumers to access the services of multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''). The Notice of Inquiry begins the process of instituting a successor to the CableCARD regime that has been the centerpiece of the Commission's efforts to implement Section 629 to date.
Federal Communications Commission -- Coordination Between the Non-Geostationary and Geostationary Satellite Orbit2010-Apr-052010-7567In this document the Commission specifies rules and procedures to be used for frequency coordination between terrestrial Broadcast Auxiliary Service and Cable Television Relay Service (BAS/CARS) operations and geostationary satellite orbit (GSO) or non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) operations in the 6875-7075 MHz (7 GHz) and 12750-13250 MHz (13 GHz) bands. At this time the Commission did not adopt a ``Growth Zone'' proposal that would have supplemented our existing terrestrial coordination procedures between NGSO FSS space-to-Earth operations and existing fixed service (FS) operations in the 10.7-11.7 GHz (10 GHz) band, and will retain our existing coordination rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Review of the Commission's Program Access Rules and Examination of Programming Tying Arrangements2010-Mar-032010-4139The FCC establishes rules, policies, and procedures for the consideration of complaints alleging unfair acts involving terrestrially delivered, cable-affiliated programming in violation of Section 628(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. This action will provide competitors to incumbent cable operators with an opportunity to obtain access to certain cable-affiliated programming that they are currently unable to offer their subscribers, thereby promoting competition in the delivery of video to consumers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Video Programming2010-Feb-192010-3264In this document, the Commission amends the closed captioning rules to add another method by which video programming distributors may provide contact information to the Commission for the handling of immediate closed captioning concerns and written closed captioning complaints.
Federal Communications Commission -- Preserving the Open Internet, Broadband Industry Practices2009-Nov-309-28062In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Commission considers adopting rules to preserve the open Internet. In this NPRM, the Commission proposes draft language to codify the four principles the Commission articulated in the Internet Policy Statement; a fifth principle that would require a broadband Internet access service provider to treat lawful content, applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner; and a sixth principle that would require a broadband Internet access service provider to disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application, and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this rulemaking. The Commission also proposes draft language to make clear that the principles would be subject to reasonable network management and would not supersede any obligation a broadband Internet access service provider may have--or limit its ability--to deliver emergency communications or to address the needs of law enforcement, public safety, or national or homeland security authorities, consistent with applicable law. The draft rules would not prohibit broadband Internet access service providers from taking reasonable action to prevent the transfer of unlawful content, such as the unlawful distribution of copyrighted works. Nor would the draft rules be intended to prevent a provider of broadband Internet access service from complying with other laws. The NPRM seeks comment on a category of ``managed'' or ``specialized'' services, how to define such services, and what principles or rules, if any, should apply to them. The NPRM affirms that the six principles the Commission proposes to codify apply to all platforms for broadband Internet access, and seeks comment on how, in what time frames or phases, and to what extent the principles should apply to non-wireline forms of Internet access, including, but not limited to, terrestrial mobile wireless, unlicensed wireless, licensed fixed wireless, and satellite. The NPRM also seeks comment on the enforcement procedures that the Commission should use to ensure compliance with the proposed principles.
Library of Congress -- Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies2009-Oct-279-25850The Librarian of Congress is extending, on an interim basis, the existing classes of works with respect to which the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Video Programming; Closed Captioning Requirements for Digital Television Receivers2009-Sep-119-21796The Federal Communications Commission is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on January 13, 1594-FR-74. That document described new procedures for closed captioning complaints and requirements that video programming distributors provide contact information for handling closed captioning immediate concerns and complaints.
Federal Communications Commission -- IP-Enabled Services2009-Aug-079-18716This document amends the Commission's rules so that providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service will be required to comply with the same discontinuance rules as domestic non- dominant telecommunications carriers. These rules protect consumers of interconnected VoIP service from the abrupt discontinuance, reduction or impairment of their service by requiring prior notice to customers and the filing of an application with the Commission.
Federal Communications Commission -- Relocation of 2 GHz Broadcast Auxiliary Service2009-Jun-239-14760In this document the Commission waives the deadline by which Sprint Nextel must complete relocation of the broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) to frequencies above 2025 MHz until February 8, 2010. The Commission also eliminates the requirement that MSS entrants to the 2000-2020 MHz band may not begin operations until the BAS incumbents in the top 30 markets by population and all fixed BAS links in the 1990- 2025 MHz band have been relocated. MSS entrants will be allowed to conduct operations in markets where the BAS incumbents have not been relocated only if they successfully coordinate with the BAS incumbents. In addition, the Commission waives the requirement that New ICO Satellite Services G.P. must first make available to the public commercial satellite service throughout its satellite's coverage area before it may commercially operate Ancillary Terrestrial Service (ATC) in conjunction with it satellite system.
Federal Communications Commission -- Closed Captioning of Video Programming; Closed Captioning Requirements for Digital Television Receivers2009-Jan-138-31447In this document, the Commission clarifies several points regarding video programming distributors' obligations to close caption digital programming in light of technological changes inherent in the digital television transition for full-power broadcasting. The Commission also amends the closed captioning rules to provide for more efficient complaint processes and methods for consumers to contact distributors with concerns about closed captioning.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals: Amendment to Part 76 of the Commission's Rules2008-Oct-178-24317The Commission addresses the obligations of small cable systems, and grants them an exemption from the material degradation requirement to carry high definition broadcast signals under the Commission's rules. The Commission holds that cable systems that either have 2,500 or fewer subscribers and are not affiliated with a large cable operator, or have an activated channel capacity of 552 MHz or less, are exempt from the requirement to carry high definition versions of broadcast signals. This exemption will sunset three years after the conclusion of the digital television (DTV) Transition. The Commission notes that the signals of all must-carry stations must continue to be made viewable to all subscribers pursuant to the Commission's rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals; Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Local Broadcast Signal Carriage Issues and Retransmission Consent Issues2008-May-058-9747This document seeks comment on the application of the statutory requirement for nondiscriminatory treatment in carriage of standard definition (``SD'') and high definition (``HD'') signals. Satellite carriers should be required to carry the signals of all local broadcast stations in HD and SD if they carry the signals of any local station in the same market in both HD and SD so that subscribers without HD- capable equipment will be able to view all stations. That is, the Commission seeks comment on whether the Communications Act would prohibit satellite carriers from carrying some broadcast stations in both HD and SD but not others.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals; Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Local Broadcast Signal Carriage Issues and Retransmission Consent Issues2008-May-058-9739The actions taken in this document represent another step in the Commission's ongoing efforts to complete the transition from analog to digital television. In this document, we amend the rules to require satellite carriers to carry digital-only stations upon request in markets in which they are providing any local-into-local service pursuant to the statutory copyright license, and to require carriage of all high definition (``HD'') signals in a market in which any station's signals are carried in HD.
Federal Communications Commission -- DTV Consumer Education Initiative2008-Mar-248-5409This document adopts rules requiring industry to participate in a coordinated, nationwide, consumer outreach campaign. Despite extensive consumer outreach efforts by the Commission and others, a large percentage of the public is not sufficiently informed about the DTV transition. The rules in this item will ensure that the full benefits of the transition are realized and experienced by consumers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals2008-Feb-018-1915This Third Report and Order finalizes the material degradation requirements adopted by the Commission in 2001, and establishes two alternative approaches that cable operators may use to meet their responsibility to ensure that cable subscribers with analog television sets can continue to view all must-carry stations after the end of the DTV transition. The Commission adopts rules to ensure that cable subscribers will continue to be able to view broadcast stations after the transition, and that they will be able to view those broadcast signals at the same level of quality in which they are delivered to the cable system. The Commission announces these rules now to ensure that cable operators and broadcasters have sufficient time to prepare to comply with them.
Federal Communications Commission -- Third Periodic Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television2008-Jan-308-1515This document issues the final rules in the third periodic review of the transition of the nation's broadcast television system from analog to digital television. It provides a progress report on the DTV transition and issues the procedures and rule changes necessary to ensure that broadcasters timely complete their transitions. Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full-power television broadcast stations must transmit only digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals. The rules in this document establish deadlines for broadcasters to complete construction of their final, post-transition (digital) facilities.
Federal Communications Commission -- Exclusive Service Contracts for Provision of Video Services in Multiple Dwelling Units and Other Real Estate Developments2008-Jan-077-25349The Commission's action concerns ``Multiple Dwelling Units'' such as apartment or condominium buildings and centrally managed residential real estate developments (collectively, ``MDUs''); cable operators that provide video service in MDUs; and agreements that grant them the exclusive right to provide video programming service in an MDU. The Commission finds that such agreements, in granting exclusivity, harm competition, the provision of programming to MDU residents, and broadband deployment. Thus, the Commission prohibits the enforcement of existing exclusivity clauses and the execution of new ones by cable operators (and a few others). This prohibition will materially advance the Communications Act's goals of enhancing competition, consumer choice in video service and programming, and broadband deployment.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 621(a)(1) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as amended by the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 19922007-Mar-217-5119In this document, the Commission adopts rules and provides guidance to implement section 621(a)(1) of the Communications Act. The Commission solicited and reviewed comments on this section and found that the current operation of the local franchising process in many jurisdictions constitutes an unreasonable barrier to entry that impedes the achievement of the interrelated Federal goals of enhanced cable competition and accelerated broadband deployment. The Commission adopts measures to address a variety of means by which local franchising authorities are unreasonably refusing to award competitive franchises. The rules and guidance will facilitate and expedite entry of new cable competitors into the market for the delivery of video programming, and accelerate broadband deployment.
Commerce Department -- Rules to Implement and Administer a Coupon Program for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes2007-Mar-157-4668In this document, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) adopts regulations to implement and administer a coupon program for digital-to-analog converter boxes. This rule implements provisions of section 3005 of Public Law 109-171, known as the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005. This action amends 47 CFR Chapter III by adding part 301.
Federal Communications Commission -- Rechannelization of the 17.7-19.7 GHz Frequency Band for Fixed Microwave Services2006-Nov-296-20167In this document, the Commission adopts rules that rechannelize Fixed Microwave Services (FS) channels in the terrestrial 18 GHz band. The Commission revises the rules in order to reduce the regulatory burden for the 18 GHz band by adding new channel-size options for FS operations along with channelization and emission flexibility for multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) below 18.3 GHz, thereby facilitating the relocation to spectrum at 17.7-18.3 GHz and 19.3-19.7 GHz. We believe these actions will encourage efficient use of the spectrum by all FS licensees and provide a regulatory environment that will allow MVPDs to provide competitive services while protecting Federal earth stations.
Federal Communications Commission -- Broadcast Services; Children's Television; Cable Operators2006-Nov-016-18401This document resolves a number of issues regarding the obligation of television broadcasters to protect and serve children in their audience. The document addresses matters related to two areas: the obligation of television broadcast licensees to provide educational and informational programming for children and the requirement that television broadcast licensees protect children from excessive and inappropriate commercial messages. The item makes certain modifications to the rules and policies adopted in the Commission's 2004 order in this proceeding. These modifications respond to petitions for reconsideration filed in response to the 2004 rules as well as a joint proposal recommending modifications to those rules filed by a group of cable and broadcast industry representatives and children's television advocates, among others.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004; Implementation of Section 340 of the Communications Act; Report and Order2005-Dec-2705-24080In this document, the Commission adopts final rules implementing section 202 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (``SHVERA''), which creates Section 340 of the Communications Act (``Act''), and amends the copyright laws in order to provide satellite carriers with the authority to offer Commission-determined ``significantly-viewed'' signals of out-of-market broadcast stations to subscribers. This document satisfies the statutory mandate to adopt rules for satellite carriage of significantly viewed signals by December 8, 2005.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Video Description of Video Programming2005-Sep-2805-19518In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the information collection requirements contained in the Implementation of Video Description of Video Programming, Report and Order. The information collections contained in the Report and Order were approved by OMB on February 1, 2001.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 210 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 To Amend Section 338 of the Communications Act2005-Aug-3105-17324In this document, the Commission adopts final rules implementing section 210 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004, which amends section 338(a)(4) of the Communications Act to require satellite carriage of the analog signals and digital signals of local stations in Alaska and Hawaii. Satellite carriers with more than five million subscribers must carry these signals to substantially all of their subscribers in each station's local market by December 8, 2005 for analog signals and by June 8, 2007 for digital signals
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 207 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004; Reciprocal Bargaining Obligation2005-Jul-1305-13739In this item, the Commission adopts final rules implementing Section 207 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004. Because the Commission has in place existing rules governing good faith retransmission consent negotiations, we conclude that the most faithful and expeditious implementation of the amendments contemplated in the SHVERA is to extend to MVPDs the existing good faith bargaining obligation imposed on broadcasters under our rules. The item accordingly amends the Commission's rules to apply equally to broadcasters and MVPDs. We also conclude that the reciprocal bargaining obligation applies to retransmission consent negotiations between all broadcasters and MVPDs regardless of the designated market area in which they are located. Because the text of the statute applies without qualification to ``television broadcast stations,'' ``multichannel video programming distributors'' and ``retransmission consent agreements,'' the item concludes that the reciprocal bargaining obligation applies to all retransmission consent agreements.
Federal Communications Commission -- Cable Television Horizontal and Vertical Ownership Limits2005-Jul-0605-13148In this Order, the Media Bureau extends the comment and reply comment period in this proceeding, which seeks comment on the Commission's horizontal and vertical cable ownership limits. The deadline to file comments is extended from July 8, 2005, to August 8, 2005, and the deadline to file reply comments is extended from July 25, 2005, to September 9, 2005. The action is taken in response to a Motion for Extension of Time.
Federal Communications Commission -- Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices2005-Jun-2205-12229In this document, the Commission maintains the requirement that cable operators separate security and non-security functions in devices they provide on a leased or sale basis, but extends the deadline. The Commission also establishes reporting requirements regarding the feasibility of a software-based security solution, cable operator support of CableCARDs, and the status of negotiations on a bidirectional digital cable compatibility standard. These actions are taken pursuant to the Communications Act, which directs the Commission to adopt regulations to assure the commercial availability of navigation devices equipment used by consumers to access services from multichannel video programming distributors.
Federal Communications Commission -- Cable Television Horizontal and Vertical Ownership Limits2005-Jun-0805-11473The Commission seeks additional input on horizontal and vertical cable ownership limits to satisfy the legislative mandate in the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 (1992 Cable Act) and the court's directives in Time Warner Entertainment Co. v. FCC, 240 F.3d 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2001) (Time Warner II). Section 613(f) of the Communications Act, enacted as part of the 1992 Cable Act, directs the Commission to conduct proceedings to establish reasonable limits on the number of subscribers a cable operator may serve (horizontal limit) and the number of channels a cable operator may devote to its affiliated programming networks (vertical, or channel occupancy, limit). The court in Time Warner II reversed and remanded the Commission's 30% horizontal ownership limit and its 40% channel occupancy limit. The Commission concludes that it is necessary to update and strengthen the evidentiary record, which must be sufficient to support revised ownership limits.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Section 210 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 To Amend Section 338 of the Communications Act2005-May-0905-9290In this document, the Commission proposes rules to implement section 210 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (``SHVERA''). The Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (SHVERA) was enacted on December 8, 2004 as title IX of the ``Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005.'' This proceeding to implement section 210 of SHVERA is one of a number of Commission proceedings that will be required to implement SHVERA.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of SHVERA: Procedural Rules2005-Apr-2705-8202In this document, the Commission adopts procedural rules in compliance with requirements in the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (SHVERA). The Commission first prescribes rules for carriage elections on a county basis, unified retransmission consent negotiations, and notifications by satellite carriers to local broadcasters concerning carriage of significantly viewed signals. The Commission also revises the rules for satellite carriers' notices to station licensees when the carrier is going to initiate new local service. Finally, the Commission adopts a procedural rule which exempts satellite carriers from the signal testing requirements of section 339(c)(4) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, when local- into-local service is available.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004; Implementation of Section 340 of the Communications Act; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking2005-Mar-0805-3847In this document, the Commission proposes rules to implement Section 202 of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (``SHVERA''), which creates Section 340 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (``Act''), and amends the copyright laws in order to provide satellite carriers with the authority to offer Commission-determined ``significantly-viewed'' signals of out-of-market broadcast stations to subscribers. This document achieves the SHVERA's statutory objectives to publish and maintain a list of the stations and the communities containing such stations that are eligible for ``significantly viewed'' status; and commence a rulemaking proceeding to implement new Section 340.
Federal Communications Commission -- Broadcast Services; Children's Television; Cable Operators; Satellite Service Providers2005-Jan-0304-28174The Commission seeks comment on applying to Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service providers its revised interpretation of the commercial time limits applicable to children's programming. Specifically, the Commission proposes to require that the display of Internet Web site addresses during DBS program material is permitted as within the time limits only if the Web site meets certain requirements, including the requirement that it offer a substantial amount of bona fide program-related or other noncommercial content and is not primarily intended for commercial purposes. In addition, the Commission proposes to apply to DBS its revised definition of ``commercial matter'' as including promotions of television programs or video programming services other than children's educational and informational programming. The Commission also seeks comment on how to tailor its rules to allow innovation in interactivity in children's television programming, while at the same time ensuring that parents can control what information their children can access.
Federal Communications Commission -- Broadcast Services; Children's Television; Cable Operators2005-Jan-0304-28173This document resolves a number of issues regarding the obligation of television broadcasters to protect and serve children in their audience. The document addresses matters related to two areas: the obligation of television broadcast licensees to provide educational and informational programming for children and the requirement that television broadcast licensees protect children from excessive and inappropriate commercial messages. The Commission goal is to provide television broadcasters with guidance regarding their obligation to serve children as we transition from an analog to a digital television environment, and to improve our children's programming rules and policies.
Federal Communications Commission -- Private Land Mobile Services; 800 MHz Public Safety Interference Proceeding2004-Nov-2204-24840In this document the Commission amends its rules to adopt objective technical standards defining ``unacceptable interference'' to non-cellular licensees operating in the 800 MHz band and procedures detailing 800 MHz licensees' responsibilities and expectations regarding abatement of such interference. The Commission also adopts rules reconfiguring the 800 MHz band and designating ten megahertz of spectrum in the 1.9 GHz band available for the provision of commercial mobile radio services (CMRS). The Commission took these steps to solve the problem of increasing interference to public safety communications in the 800 MHz band. These rules are intended to abate this interference as well as making additional spectrum available for the provision of new services.
Library of Congress -- Filing of Claims for Cable, Satellite, and DART Royalties2004-Oct-1804-23298The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is proposing to amend its regulations governing the filing of claims to allow for the on-line submission of cable, satellite, and DART claims and to require claimants file their claims by hand delivery or by mail using forms created by the Copyright Office.
Federal Communications Commission -- Extend Interference Protection to the Marine and Aeronautical Distress and Safety Frequency 406.025 MHz2004-Sep-2804-21513In this document the Commission adopts rules that extend interference protection to all of the international digital search and rescue frequencies in the 406 MHz band. These frequencies are used to detect and locate emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPRIBs) and emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in the event of an emergency. Previously, the Commission extended protection to the analog search and rescue frequencies at 121.5 and 243.0 MHz. Digital beacons are said to be more effective and give off fewer false alerts than analog beacons. As digital beacons become increasingly popular, the need to protect them becomes more important. This Report and Order protects these newer digital beacons from interference from cable systems. At the same time, this Report and Order avoids placing undue burden on the cable operators by providing a new digital measurement technique for systems with digital channels. In addition, this document streamlines and cleans up our rules by removing some outdated rules and correcting others to maintain consistency through the different rule parts.
Library of Congress -- Communications With the Copyright Office: Change of Address2004-Jun-3004-14853The Copyright Office is amending its regulations to reflect a change and/or correction in the filing address for hand-delivered correspondence, claims and other documents intended for the Office of the Copyright General Counsel. The amendments direct such document deliveries to the appropriate location. The Office is also making minor changes to other addresses found in its regulations and adopting several changes proposed earlier.\1\ These amendments facilitate communication with the Office in a timely and effective manner. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Federal Communications Commission -- Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies2004-Jun-2304-14121The Commission solicits comment on its multichannel video programming distributor (``MVPD'') equal employment opportunity (``EEO'') rules for forms 395-A and 395-B. The Commission seeks comment on whether the use of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (``CIPSEA'') keep broadcaster's information confidential and whether the Act is constant.
Federal Communications Commission -- Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies2004-Jun-2304-14120In this document, the Commission adopts new broadcast and multichannel video programming distributor (``MVPD'') equal employment opportunity (``EEO'') rules. The Commission revised Forms 395-A and 395-B but issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on issues regarding whether to keep annual employment reports confidential or partially confidential.
Federal Communications Commission -- Reorganization of the Enforcement Bureau and Establishment of the Office of Homeland Security2004-May-2704-11918The Commission is revising its rules to promote more efficient and effective organizational structure and to promote homeland security. Specifically, the Commission is revising its rules to reflect the creation of the Office of Homeland Security within the Enforcement Bureau, describe the Office's functions and delegated authority, and make other conforming changes. The Commission is also revising its rules to clarify how an Emergency Relocation Board will operate during times of emergency under the Commission's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and setting out the line of succession to chair the Board when no Commissioner is available to serve on the Board.
Federal Communications Commission -- Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices and Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2004-Jan-2804-1836In this document, the Commission revised the definition of unencrypted broadcast television adopted in its earlier Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in this proceeding. This revision clarifies a potential conflict between our stated intent and the scope of the rules. This action is taken to further the digital television transition and the commercial availability of navigation devices pursuant to section 629 of the Communications Act.
Federal Communications Commission -- Amendment of List of Major Television Markets Designated Communities2004-Jan-2304-1408This document amends the Commission's rules to add the communities of Merced and Porterville, California to the Fresno- Visalia-Hanford-Clovis hyphenated television market (``Fresno-Visalia'' market). The Communications Act requires that the Commission make revisions needed to update the list of top 100 television markets and their designated communities. The Commission's rules enumerates the top 100 television markets and the designated communities within those markets. In addition to permitting broadcast territorial exclusivity, television stations that are part of a hyphenated market may assert network non-duplication rights and syndicated programming exclusivity against other television stations throughout the hyphenated market. Market hyphenation helps equalize competition among stations in a market. This document concludes that there is sufficient evidence demonstrating commonality between the two communities to be added to the Fresno-Visalia hyphenated market.
Federal Communications Commission -- Editorial Modification of the Commission's Rules2004-Jan-2104-1127This document provides a more efficiently organized presentation of the various materials, e.g., standards, specifications, and similar documents that are referenced in the regulations for radio frequency devices and multichannel video and cable television services in the rules, certain administrative revisions are necessary to those rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Allocation of Spectrum at 2 GHz for Use by the Mobile-Satellite Service2003-Dec-0803-30310This document modifies the rules that new 2 GHz Mobile- Satellite Service (MSS) licensees are to follow when relocating incumbent Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) licensees in the 1990-2025 MHz band and Fixed Service (FS) microwave licensees in the 2180-2200 MHz band. These actions are taken in light of our recent decision to reallocate 30 megahertz of 2 GHz MSS spectrum to new Fixed and Mobile services as part of our Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) proceeding, and to allow MSS licensees to provide an Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) in conjunction with their MSS networks. We have also considered a number of outstanding petitions for reconsideration filed in response to our initial decision to reallocate these bands to MSS. Together, these decisions will resolve outstanding issues relating to the introduction of MSS at 2 GHz and the consequential relocation of BAS and FS licensees in these bands, which in turn will set the stage for the introduction of a variety of new and highly anticipated advanced services into these bands.
Federal Communications Commission -- Digital Broadcast Content Protection2003-Dec-0303-30007In this item, the Commission adopts final rules implementing an ATSC flag-based redistribution control system to protect digital broadcast television content from unauthorized redistribution and ensure the continued flow of high value digital content to consumers via over-the-air broadcasting. This action is taken pursuant to the Commission's ancillary authority and is intended to preserve the viability of over-the-air broadcasting and further the digital television transition.
Federal Communications Commission -- Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices and Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2003-Nov-2803-29520In this document the Commission adopts rules that set technical and other criteria that manufacturers would have to meet in order to label or market unidirectional digital cable televisions and other unidirectional digital cable products as ``digital cable ready.'' The rules also require cable operators to support operation of unidirectional digital cable products on digital cable systems and set limits on the levels of content protection that could be triggered by MVPDs. This action is taken to further the digital television transition and the commercial availability of navigation devices pursuant to section 629 of the Communications Act.
Library of Congress -- Copyright Office; Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies2003-Oct-3103-27537This rule provides that during the period from October 28, 2003, through October 27, 2006, the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of four classes of copyrighted works.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999, Retransmission Consent Issues: Good Faith Negotiation and Exclusivity2003-Sep-0203-22201This document makes a minor correction to Part 76 of the Commission's rules pertaining to retransmission consent issues which were published in the Federal Register at 65 FR 15559, March 23, 2000 regarding carriage of television broadcast signals by multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs'').
Federal Communications Commission -- Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices2003-Jun-1703-15187This document amends the Commission's rules to extend the January 1, 2005 ban on integrated navigation devices until July 1, 2006. This extension is needed since the state of the navigation devices market will be significantly impacted by ongoing industry negotiations for a bidirectional specification for digital cable receivers and products, rendering compliance with the existing January 1, 2005 ban impracticable. This action is taken pursuant to Section 629 of the Communications Act which directs the Commission to adopt regulations to assure the commercial availability of navigation devices equipment used by consumers to access services from multichannel video programming distributors.
Federal Communications Commission -- Fixed Satellite and Terrestrial Systems in the Ku-Band2003-Jun-0903-14396This document addresses the Petitions for Reconsideration from Skybridge L.L.C. (``Skybridge''); and Hughes Communications, Inc., Hughes Communications Galaxy, Inc. and Hughes Network Systems, a division of Hughes Electronics Corporation (``Hughes'') filed in response to the First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (``First R&O''). The proceeding addresses a request by Skybridge to allow non-geostationary orbit (``NGSO'') fixed satellite services (``FSS'') to share various frequencies in the Ku-Band with existing geostationary orbit (``GSO'') satellite services and terrestrial services. Our action herein addresses aspects of the Skybridge Reconsideration Petition relating to NGSO FSS sharing with terrestrial services and Federal Government operations, as well as the Hughes Reconsideration Petition relating to our radio frequency (``RF'') safety rules requiring warning labels and recommending professional installation for NGSO FSS subscriber antennas.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Electronic Filing for the Multichannel Video and Cable Television Service and the Cable Television Relay Service2003-May-1903-12132This document revises rules to allow for electronic filing of forms by Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (``MVPDs'') via the Cable Operations And Licensing System (``COALS''). When COALS, currently being completed, is fully implemented MVPDs will be able to file over the Internet cable community registrations, aeronautical frequency notifications, operational change information, cable television system reports, annual signal leakage reports, and Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) applications. Electronic filing of each type of data will become mandatory 6 months after the Commission has determined that the form for collecting it has been reliably automated. This action includes providing forms for information previously submitted by letter and simplifying the CARS license application.
Federal Communications Commission -- Definition of Markets for Purposes of the Cable Television Broadcast Signal Carriage Rules2003-Apr-0903-8577This document makes a minor correction to part 76 of the Commission's rules pertaining to definition of markets which were published in the Federal 3379-FR-646, June 24, 1999, regarding cable television broadcast signals.
Federal Communications Commission -- Redesignation of the 17.7-19.7 GHz Frequency Band, Blanket Licensing of Satellite Earth Stations in the 17.7-20.2 GHz and 27.5-30.0 GHz Frequency Bands, and the Allocation of Additional Spectrum in the 17.3-17.8 GHz and 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Bands for Broadcast Satellite-Service Use2003-Apr-0803-7322This document alters the 18 GHz band plan, blanket licensing rules, and relocation rules adopted in a previous First Order on Reconsideration in this proceeding released in 2001. This document changes certain rules in light of the increased number of frequency spectrum options the Commission has recently made available to certain licensees. The rule changes will remove unnecessary burdens on the public and the agency.
Federal Communications Commission -- Extend Interference Protection for the Marine and Aeronautical Distress and Safety Frequency at 406.025 MHz2003-Mar-3103-7556The Commission proposes to provide interference protection for the international emergency digital distress and safety frequency operating at 406.025 MHz. New Emergency Position Indicated Radio Beacons (EPRIBs) and Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) are using digital signals operating on 406.025 MHz instead of the traditional analog signals which operate on 121.5 and 243.0 MHz. The rules proposed herein will protect the frequency 406.025 MHz from possible interference from cable television systems and multi-channel video program distributor (MVPD) systems operating near this frequency. In addition, the Commission seeks comment on adding a provision to part 78 regarding the cancellation or forfeiture of unused or discontinued Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) licenses. Canceling unused or discontinued CARS licenses will help the Commission conserve and reclaim unused spectrum. Also, in order to keep the rules consistent and up to date, the Commission proposes to streamline and revise certain sections of parts 76 and 78.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Application of Network Non-Duplication, Syndicated Exclusivity, and Sports Blackout Rules to Satellite Retransmissions of Broadcast Signals; Correction2003-Mar-2503-6970The Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register of November 14, 2002, a document concerning application of network non-duplication, syndicated exclusivity, and sports blackout rules to satellite retransmissions of broadcast signals. Inadvertently, the instruction that notifications given pursuant to Sec. 76.127 must be received by the satellite carrier was inserted incorrectly. This document corrects that error.
Federal Communications Commission -- Telecommunications Services Inside Wiring Customer Premises Equipment2003-Mar-2103-6782This document revises rules which the Commission adopted relating to cable home run wiring. This document also resolves issues raised by the Commission regarding exclusive and perpetual contracts and related matters.
Federal Communications Commission -- Cable/Broadcast Ownership Rules2003-Mar-1903-6484This document eliminates the cable/broadcast cross ownership rule in response to a court decision vacating the rule and directing the Commission to repeal the rule. The action is taken in compliance with the court's directive.
Federal Communications Commission -- Broadcast Auxiliary Service Rules2003-Mar-1703-4176This document amends our rules pertaining to the Broadcast Auxiliary Services (BAS) to permit BAS stations to introduce new technologies and create a more efficient BAS that can more readily adapt as the broadcast industry converts to the use of digital technology, such as digital television (DTV). We also make conforming amendments our rules pertaining to the Radio Broadcast Services, the Cable Television Relay Service (CARS), and to our rules pertaining to Fixed Microwave Services (FS). In many cases, the BAS, CARS, and FS share frequency bands and have technically and operationally similar stations, and our rule changes will permit these three services to operate under consistent regulatory guidelines.
Federal Communications Commission -- Second Periodic Review of the Commission's Rules and Policies Affecting the Conversion to Digital Television2003-Feb-1803-3812This document commences the Commission's second periodic review of the progress of the conversion to digital television. The document revisits several issues addressed in the first periodic review and solicits comment on a number of additional issues that the Commission believes essential to resolve to ensure continued progress on the transition.
Federal Communications Commission -- Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies2003-Jan-0703-171In this document the Commission adopts a new broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rule in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in MD/DC/DE Broadcasters Association v. FCC. The Commission also amends and modifies their EEO rules for multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). The EEO rules make clear that broadcasters and MVPDs are not required to employ a staff that reflects the racial or other composition of the community or to use racial preferences in hiring. The intended effect is to adopt effective EEO rules for the broadcasting and MVPD industries.
Federal Communications Commission -- Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies2002-Dec-1702-31762In this document the Commission solicits comment on how to apply Equal Employment Opportunity (``EEO'') rules to part-time employees. The Commission also seeks comment on how many and what types of positions in the broadcast and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD) industry would fall into the part-time classification. The intended effect is to invite comments on all aspects of the Commission's proposal.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Application of Network Nonduplication, Syndicated Exclusivity, and Sports Blackout Rules to Satellite Retransmissions of Broadcast Signals.2002-Nov-1402-28894This document revises regulations which the Commission adopted to implement certain aspects of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999. This document addresses petitions for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the Division 1-A Athletic Director's Association (``Sports Leagues'') as well as by EchoStar Satellite Corporation (``EchoStar'') and DirecTV, Inc. (``DirecTV''). The modifications to the regulations are largely technical and pertain to notifications of sporting events and programming to be blacked out, as well as to the criteria for eligibility to request sports blackout protection.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revisions to Cable Television Rate Regulations2002-Sep-0502-22427In this document the Commission proposes to update its cable television rate regulations to reflect the end of its jurisdiction over rates for cable programming services pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Commission proposes to review and update its rules governing rate regulation of basic services and associated equipment by local franchising authorities.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revisions to Cable Television Rate Regulations2002-Sep-0502-22426This document clarifies how the Commission will review appeals of local rate orders regarding adjustments to cable television rates for the basic service tier pending resolution of the issues in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue.
Federal Communications Commission -- Definition of Markets for Purposes of the Cable Television Broadcast Signal Carriage Rules2002-Aug-2002-21121This document makes a minor correction to part 76 of the Commission's rules pertaining to definition of markets which were published in the Federal Register on Thursday June 24, 1999 (64 FR 33796) regarding cable television broadcast signals.
Federal Communications Commission -- Cable Television Relay Service2002-Jun-2702-16093The Commission amends its rules to expand eligibility for licenses in the Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) to all Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (``MVPDs''). This action will enhance opportunities for additional competition to incumbent cable operators. It will increase the number of frequencies available to more MVPDs and treat all MVPDs equally for access to microwave frequencies. Thus, all MVPDs will have the opportunity to use CARS frequencies to support their delivery of video services in a balanced competitive environment.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Cable Act Reform Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 19962002-Jun-1402-15082In this document, the Commission addresses petitions for reconsideration or clarification regarding certain decisions in this proceeding. It affirms its earlier decisions and denies the petitions. This action by the Commission implements the cable reform provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Federal Communications Commission -- Establishment of the Media Bureau and Other Organizational Changes2002-Mar-2102-6353This document amends the Commission's rules to reflect the reorganization of the existing Cable Services and Mass Media Bureaus into a new Media Bureau. The Commission also transfers the Multipoint Distribution and Instructional Television Fixed Services from the Mass Media Bureau to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. This rule will promote a more efficient and effective organizational structure.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revision of Broadcast and Cable EEO Rules and Policies2002-Jan-1402-870This document proposes new broadcast and cable Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules and policies. The document proposes to retain the Commission's ban on discrimination and to require broadcasters and cable entities to maintain an EEO program that would achieve broad and inclusive outreach in recruitment to ensure a fair opportunity for all job seekers; and provide administrative relief to small entities. The intended effect is to invite comments on all aspects of the Commission's proposals.
Federal Communications Commission -- Repeal of the Scrambling of Sexually Explicit Adult Video Service Programming Rules2002-Jan-0702-332The Federal Communications Commission has repealed a section of its multichannel video and cable television service rules dealing with the blocking of indecent sexually-oriented programming channels because the underlying statutory provision, 47 U.S.C. 561, was struck down as unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
Federal Communications Commission -- The Commission's Cable Horizontal and Vertical Ownership Limits and Cable, Broadcast and MDS Attribution Rules2001-Oct-1101-25479This document examines and solicits comment on the Commission's cable horizontal and vertical limits and aspects of its attribution rules as affected by the recent D.C. Circuit decision in Time Warner Entertainment Co. v. FCC, 240 F.3d 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2001). The D.C. Circuit reversed and remanded the Commission's horizontal and vertical limits, and vacated two aspects of its attribution rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Broadcast Signal Carriage Issues2001-Sep-2601-23970This document responds to petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of the Report and Order (FCC 00-417) previously issued in this proceeding. The Report and Order, a summary of which is published in the Federal Register at 66 FR 7410 (January 23, 2001), implemented section 338 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 (``SHVIA''). Specifically, the Report and Order implemented regulations regarding the carriage of local television stations in markets where satellite carriers offer local television service to their subscribers. As described, the Commission, in the Order on Reconsideration, denies the petitions and, on its own motion, clarifies and, where necessary, amends some of the requirements set forth in the Report and Order and the satellite broadcast signal carriage rule, 47 CFR 76.66.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals2001-Sep-2501-23971This document announces the effective date of certain sections of the Commission's broadcast signal carriage rules, 47 CFR 76.5(b), 76.56(e), 76.57, 76.62, 76.64, 76.922, and 76.1603(c) which were amended to require that a digital-only television station may assert its right to mandatory carriage. Specifically, new television stations that transmit only digital signals, and current television stations that return their analog spectrum allocation and convert to digital operations, must be carried on cable systems. Certain sections of these rules contained information collection requirements that required the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') before they could become effective. These sections of the broadcast signal carriage rules have been approved by OMB and become effective on September 25, 2001.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Broadcast Signal Carriage Issues/Retransmission Consent Issues2001-Jun-2901-16517This document announces the effective date of certain sections of the Commission's broadcast signal carriage rule, 47 CFR 76.66, which requires satellite carriers, by January 1, 2002, to carry all local television stations seeking carriage in any market in which the carriers provide local-into-local service. Certain sections of the rule contained information collection requirements that required the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') before they could become effective. Those sections of the broadcast signal carriage rule have been approved by OMB and become effective on June 29, 2001.
Federal Communications Commission -- Rules and Policies Governing Pole Attachments; Implementation of Section 703(e) of the Telecommunications Act of 19962001-Jun-2901-16038This document responds to petitions for reconsideration of the Report and Order in CS Docket No. 97-151, and the Report and Order in CS Docket No. 97-98. This document consolidates two reconsideration proceedings raising similar and interrelated issues concerning the rates, terms and conditions of access for attachments by cable operators and telecommunications carriers to utility poles, ducts, conduits and rights-of-way pursuant to section 224 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. This document reconsiders affirms and clarifies the pole attachment rate formula for cable attachers as well as the formula for telecommunications attachers.
Library of Congress -- Cable and Satellite Statutory Licenses2001-Jun-0101-13787The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is adopting final regulations for filing a claim to royalties collected under the cable statutory license, 17 U.S.C. 111, and the satellite statutory license, 17 U.S.C. 119. Under the new rules, a party who files a joint claim on behalf of multiple copyright owners must list the name and address of each copyright owner to the joint claim.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revisions to Broadcast Auxiliary Service Rules2001-May-2401-11539In this document the Commission conducts an extensive review of the Broadcast Auxiliary Services (BAS) rules and proposes changes to create a more efficient BAS that can readily adapt to regulatory and technological changes. In addition, the Commission examines the relationship between BAS, the Cable Television Relay Service (CARS), and the Fixed Microwave Service. The Commission also examines the use of wireless assist video devices (WAVDs) on unused television channels.
Library of Congress -- Cable and Satellite Statutory Licenses2001-Apr-2601-10424The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is clarifying the requirements for the submission of claims for royalties under the cable statutory license, 17 U.S.C. 111, and the satellite statutory license, 17 U.S.C. 119.
Federal Communications Commission -- Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals2001-Mar-2601-7323This document resolves a number of technical and legal issues related to the carriage of digital broadcast signals pursuant to retransmission consent and mandatory carriage of commercial and noncommercial educational television stations under the Communications Act of 1934 (``Act''). In particular, this document clarifies that a digital-only television station may assert its right to mandatory carriage. Specifically, new television stations that transmit only digital signals, and current television stations that return their analog spectrum allocation and convert to digital operations, must be carried on cable systems.
Federal Communications Commission -- Attribution Rules2001-Feb-1301-3175This document concerns rules and policies for attributing cognizable interests in applying the broadcast multiple ownership rules, the broadcast-cable cross-ownership rule, and the cable- Multipoint Distribution Service cross-ownership rule. The intended effect of this action is to clarify and resolve issues raised in petitions for reconsideration pertaining to the application of the Commission's attribution rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Video Description2001-Feb-0101-2754This document concerns rules and policies designed to make television programming more accessible to the many Americans who have visual disabilities by bringing video description to the commercial video marketplace. The intended effect of this action is to clarify and resolve issues raised in petitions for reconsideration pertaining to the application of the Commission's video description rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Broadcast Signal Carriage Issues/Retransmission Consent Issues2001-Jan-2301-1186This document implements certain aspects of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999, which was enacted on November 29, 1999. Among other things, the act authorizes satellite carriers to add more local and national broadcast programming to their offerings and seeks to place satellite carriers on an equal footing with cable operators with respect to availability of broadcast programming. This document implements regulations regarding the carriage of local television stations in markets where satellite carriers offer local television service to their subscribers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Revision of Broadcast and Cable EEO Rules and Policies2000-Dec-0800-31308This document grants in part, and denies in part, both one petition for partial reconsideration and clarification and one petition for expedited clarification of the Commission's new broadcast and cable Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules and policies. The document also considers certain issues pertaining to the EEO rules on the motion of the Commission, primarily as a result of informal inquiries from the public. In addition, the document amends the EEO rules to clarify that data concerning the gender, race and ethnicity of a broadcaster's or cable entity's workforce will not be used to assess its compliance with the rules. The intended effect is to clarify the Commission's EEO rules for the broadcasting and cable industries.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Application of Network Nonduplication, Syndicated Exclusivity, and Sports Blackout Rules to Satellite Retransmissions of Broadcast Signals2000-Nov-1400-29028This document adopts regulations to implement certain aspects of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999, which was enacted on November 29, 1999. Among other things, the act authorizes satellite carriers to add more local and national broadcast programming to their offerings and seeks to place satellite carriers on an equal footing with cable operators with respect to availability of broadcast programming. This document adopts regulations that apply current cable rules for network non-duplication, syndicated program exclusivity and sports blackout to satellite carriers.
Federal Communications Commission -- Repeal or Modification of the Personal Attack and Political Editorial Rules2000-Nov-0700-28353This document concerns repeal of the personal attack and political editorial rules for broadcast licensees and cable system operators. This order repeals the broadcast and cable personal attack and political editorial rules. The order also vacates the Commission's earlier Order and Request to Update Record which had suspended for 60 days the personal attack and political editorial rules. The U.S. District Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, by order of October 11, 2000 directed the Commission to repeal the rules, noting that the Commission may institute a new rulemaking proceeding to determine whether, consistent with constitutional constraints, the public interest requires the personal attack and political editorial rules.
Library of Congress -- Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates2000-Oct-3000-27713The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is publishing final regulations governing the adjustment of the royalty rates for the cable statutory license.
Federal Communications Commission -- Repeal or Modification of the Personal Attack and Political Editorial Rules2000-Oct-1100-26014This document concerns a 60-day suspension of the political editorial and personal attack rules and asks parties to submit evidence on the effects of the suspension 60 days after the suspension period ends. The Commission adopted the Order and Request to Update Record in response to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Radio- Television News Directors Ass'n v. FCC, 184 F.3d 872 (1999). The intended effect of this action is to enable the Commission to obtain a better record on which to review the rules.
Federal Communications Commission -- Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices2000-Sep-2800-24902This document seeks comments regarding rules adopted to implement Section 629 of the Communications Act. Section 304 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which became law on February 5, 1996, added Section 629 to the Communications Act. Section 629 concerns the commercial availability of navigation devices. This document may result in information collection(s) subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995.
Library of Congress -- Adjustment of Cable Statutory License Royalty Rates2000-Sep-1200-23388The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is submitting for public comment a settlement proposal for the adjustment of the royalty rates for the cable statutory license.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of Video Description of Video Programming2000-Sep-1100-23154This document adopt rules to require larger broadcast stations and multichannel programming distributors (MVPDs) to provide programming with video description. This document also adopts rules to require all broadcast stations and MVPDs to pass through any video description they receive from their programming suppliers if they have the technical capability necessary to do so. This document also adopts rules to enhance the accessibility of emergency information. The purpose of these actions is to enhance the accessibility of video programming to persons with visual disabilities.
Federal Communications Commission -- Redesignation of the 18 GHz Frequency Band, Blanket Licensing of Satellite Earth Stations in the Ka-band, and the Allocation of Additional Spectrum for Broadcast Satellite-Service Use2000-Sep-0700-22238This document permits the efficient use of spectrum for existing and future users, and will facilitate the deployment of new services in the 18 GHz band. These designations will significantly reduce sharing in the 18 GHz band, and thereby eliminate the need for many existing coordination procedures, leading to lower transaction costs and more efficient use of the band. The relocation process will take significant effort and commitment on the part of both the space and terrestrial communities. This plan has the potential to provide consumers, both business and residential, with exciting new services in the years to come. The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information collection requirements of 47 CFR 25.145(g), which should have been effective on January 20, 1998. This document establishes that effective date.
Federal Communications Commission -- Allocation of Spectrum at 2 GHz for Use by the Mobile-Satellite Service2000-Aug-0700-19478This document confirms the Commission's decision to require new Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) licensees in the reallocated 1990- 2025 MHz and 2165-2200 MHz bands to bear the cost of relocating Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS, including the Cable Television Relay Service and the Local Television Transmission Service) licensees in the 1990-2110 MHz band, and Fixed Service (FS) microwave licensees from the 2165-2200 MHz bands in cases where sharing between MSS and FS is not possible. The Commission also declines a request for mandatory submission of information by incumbent BAS and FS licensees, and dismisses a petition requesting a freeze on new BAS licenses.
Federal Communications Commission -- Rules and Policies Governing Pole Attachments2000-May-1700-11911This document addresses issues raised in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to the formula used to calculate maximum just and reasonable rates utilities may charge for pole attachments made to a pole, duct, conduit or right-of-way pursuant. This document amends the formula so that it reflects the Commission's current accounting rules that apply to local exchange carriers; clarifies the treatment of accumulated depreciation attributable to removal costs to eliminate negative results; and adopts a conduit methodology for determining the maximum just and reasonable rates utilities may charge cable systems and telecommunications carriers for their use of conduit systems.
Federal Communications Commission -- Compatibility Between Cable Systems and Consumer Electronics Equipment2000-Apr-2700-10448The Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on compatibility between cable television systems and consumer electronics equipment. The NPRM is designed to resolve outstanding compatibility issues, in particular requirements for labeling digital television (DTV) receivers to describe their capabilities to operate with digital cable television systems and questions regarding licensing terms for copy protection technology. Resolving these issues will not only insure that consumers make informed purchasing decisions with respect to DTV equipment but also promote the overall transition from analog to digital television.
Federal Communications Commission -- Implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999: Application of Network Nonduplication, Syndicated Exclusivity, and Sports Blackout Rules to Satellite Retransmissions2000-Feb-0200-2140This document proposes to implement certain aspects of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999, which was enacted on November 29, 1999. Among other things, the act authorizes satellite carriers to add more local and national broadcast programming to their offerings and seeks to place satellite carriers on an equal footing with cable operators with respect to availability of broadcast programming. This document discusses specifically the implementation of regulations that would apply current cable rules for network nonduplication, syndicated program exclusivity and sports blackout to satellite carriers.
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