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FCC Establishes Quality Standards for Closed Captioning

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable

By Daniel Kahn and Paul Swain The FCC has adopted new rules regarding closed captioning quality for television programming.  At its meeting yesterday, the Commission unanimously approved a Report & Order that will establish four “non-quantitative” quality standards for closed captioning, requiring captions to be (1) accurate, (2) synchronous, (3) complete, and (4) properly placed. … Continue Reading

Court Strikes Net Neutrality Rules, Leaves Path for Other Broadband Regulations

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable, Telecommunications

A federal appeals court struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order in a Jan. 14 decision, ruling that the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules improperly regulate broadband providers like “common carriers” — such as providers of traditional telephone service — even though the FCC has classified broadband providers as not subject… Continue Reading

FCC Proposes $200,000 Fine For Simulated EAS Codes

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable

The FCC has proposed fining Turner Broadcasting System $200,000 for allegedly transmitting simulated Emergency Alert System (EAS) codes 14 times over a six day period in the absence of an actual emergency.   Two viewers complained that an advertisement that aired on Turner’s Adult Swim Network (which shares channel airtime with the Cartoon Network) contained audio… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Petitions to Forbear or Clarify New TCPA Rules

Posted in Telecommunications

Earlier today, the FCC placed on public notice two petitions requesting that the agency clarify or forbear from enforcing certain aspects of its new TCPA regulations that went into effect on October 16, 2013.  Those regulations, which we summarized here, created, among other things, a new “prior express written consent” requirement for the transmission of… Continue Reading

Petitions to Forbear or Clarify New FCC TCPA Rules Filed

Posted in Privacy & Data Security, Telecommunications

Earlier today, two entities — the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) and a Coalition of Mobile Engagement Providers (“Coalition”) — filed petitions at the FCC asking the agency to stay and forbear from enforcing, or clarify, certain aspects of the “prior express written consent” requirement that went into effect yesterday for prerecorded calls to residential numbers and autodialed… Continue Reading

Deadline Nears for Online Captioning of Full-Length Programming Edited For Internet Distribution

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable

Under the Internet closed captioning requirements established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), after certain triggering deadlines, video programming shown on television with captions in the United States and distributed in full-length form over Internet Protocol (IP) must be provided with captions online.  Beginning on September 30, 2013, the IP closed captioning requirements will apply… Continue Reading

SpectrumWatch: Congress, FCC Consider Options for TV Spectrum Repacking, Cable Pricing

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable, Spectrum & Mobile

A congressional subcommittee held an oversight hearing Tuesday addressing the Federal Communications Commission’s progress in setting rules for the upcoming incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum for mobile broadband use. On Monday, the FCC released a Public Notice addressing one aspect of those rules, which would govern how TV stations that do not sell their… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Video Description

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable

The Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments by September 4 on issues related to video description, which is the transmission of a secondary audio track describing the visible action in video programming for the benefit of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  Under FCC rules, local TV station affiliates… Continue Reading

FTC, FCC Testify Before Senate On Robocall Fraud

Posted in Telecommunications, Uncategorized

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance held a hearing entitled, “Stopping Fraudulent Robocall Scams: Can More Be Done?”   The hearing takes place two weeks after the FTC celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the its implementation of the Do Not Call Registry and on the heels of the FTC’s recent… Continue Reading

FCC: Customer Data Carriers Obtain Through Mobile Devices Subject to Existing Privacy Rules

Posted in Privacy & Data Security, Spectrum & Mobile, Telecommunications

Telecommunications carriers and providers of interconnected VoIP service with access to certain kinds of customer information collected through mobile devices are subject to existing privacy rules governing their use and disclosure of that information, the Federal Communications Commission announced in a declaratory ruling adopted at its June 27 meeting.  Significantly, the decision makes clear that… Continue Reading

FCC: NCE Stations May Seek Waivers to Fundraise for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable

On Tuesday, the FCC announced procedures for noncommercial educational (“NCE”) broadcast stations to informally request waivers allowing the stations to raise relief funds for victims of Monday’s Oklahoma tornado.  Although under FCC rules NCE stations are generally prohibited from engaging in fundraising activities for entities other than the stations themselves, the Commission has historically granted waivers to stations engaging… Continue Reading

SpectrumWatch: FCC Draws Criticism on Band Plan Proposals

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable, Spectrum & Mobile, Telecommunications

A joint statement released today by AT&T, the National Association of Broadcasters, and Verizon criticized the FCC for seeking comments on new proposals for reorganizing the spectrum currently used by television broadcasters, which the statement said would go against the “growing consensus” of the broadcast and wireless industries.

FCC Confirms That Sellers Can Be Liable for Telemarketer TCPA Violations

Posted in Privacy & Data Security, Telecommunications

A seller who authorizes a third-party telemarketer to market the seller’s goods or services may be held vicariously liable if the telemarketer violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Commission held in a May 9 declaratory ruling. The FCC’s ruling interprets two subsections of the TCPA. The first subsection — 47 U.S.C…. Continue Reading

SpectrumWatch: FCC Considers Alternative Band Plans for Post-Incentive Auction Spectrum

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable, Spectrum & Mobile, Telecommunications

In a Public Notice released yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission asked for comments on several possible plans for reorganizing the spectrum currently used by television broadcasters. Initial comments are due June 14, with reply comments due June 28. Under a statute passed last year, broadcast television stations will be allowed to voluntarily participate in an… Continue Reading

Leadership Changes at the Federal Communications Commission

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable, Telecommunications

Change is in the air at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The agency’s chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced yesterday that he will be stepping down on Friday, May 17.  (He had announced his plans to leave the FCC in March, but the date of his departure has been uncertain since then.)  Until his successor is confirmed… Continue Reading

FCC Cracks Down For First Time on Mobile Jamming Device Use; Fines in the Six Figures

Posted in Spectrum & Mobile, Telecommunications

Last week, the FCC for the first time proposed to fine companies for using mobile phone signal jamming devices.  The FCC found that two entities, Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing, Inc. and The Supply Room, Inc., willfully and repeatedly imported and operated multiple illegal mobile phone signal jammers in the U.S.  Although the FCC in the past… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Rules Requiring Emergency Information Provided During Non-News Programming To Be Conveyed on Secondary Audio Stream

Posted in Broadcasting & Cable

New rules adopted by the FCC require that when television stations in the U.S. display emergency information visually during non-news programming, they must provide the same information aurally on a secondary audio stream. The new rules do not change the requirement that emergency information provided visually during newscasts be conveyed aurally on primary audio. The… Continue Reading

SpectrumWatch: FCC Approves T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger, Citing Competitive Benefits

Posted in Spectrum & Mobile

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) approved the proposed merger of cellular service providers T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS.  In its written opinion and order, the FCC’s Wireless Bureau concluded that the proposed merger would benefit competition in the wireless market by, among other things, providing the combined company with greater spectrum resources for its… Continue Reading