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New FCC Filing Procedures

Yesterday, the FCC released a public notice outlining new filing procedures eliminating use of the Consolidated Database System (CDBS) as of 5PM Eastern time on January 12. According to the Commission "this action is necessary due to pressing technical issues that...

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Political Rate Periods

Important 2022 Election Dates: Primary Election Date: Tuesday, May 24 General Election Date: Tuesday, November 8 - LUC Window Opens: 45 days prior to Primary Election and 60 days prior to General Election* *Day 45/60 is the day before election day Stations have the...

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Welcome to the ABA!

Arkansas Broacasters, welcome to the ABA's newly designed website! From the Members Portal to the Broadcaster Directory and everything in between, we encourage our membership to enjoy this useful resource and utilize it to the fullest. We will continually be looking...

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NEWS FROM OUR FCC LEGAL COUNSEL:

  • FCC Adopts Affordable Connectivity Program
    by Tony Lee and Brianna Perrone

    On Friday, January 14, 2022, the FCC voted to adopt a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that provides detailed guidance for a long-term internet discount program: the Affordable Connectivity Program. The new rules take effect upon publication in the Federal Register, or after the appropriate publication period has passed – either...… Continue Reading

  • FCC License Renewal Applications due on February 1st for Radio Stations in New York and New Jersey, and TV stations in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma
    by Sara Hinkle

    FCC License renewal applications and associated EEO Program Reports are due on or before Tuesday, February 1st for radio licensees located in New Jersey and New York and television licensees in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Radio and television stations must file renewals regardless of commercial or noncommercial status in the FCC’s licensing Management System (LMS).  Both television and radio...… Continue Reading

  • FCC Ends the CDBS Filing Era with switch to LMS
    by FHH Law

    Effective at 5 p.m. EST today, Wednesday, January 12, the FCC’s Media Bureau will no longer accept filings in the Consolidated Database System (CDBS). This move by the Media Bureau is part of the ongoing transition to the Licensing and Management System (LMS) database. The Media Bureau’s sunsetting of CDBS filings will be permanent.  The...… Continue Reading

  • Attention Webcasters: January 31 Deadline for Filing Minimum Fee for Webcasting is Rapidly Approaching
    by Karyn K. Ablin

    The January 31, 2022 deadline for filing your annual minimum fee and related statement of account with SoundExchange under the webcasting statutory licenses under 17 U.S.C. § 112 and 114 allowing radio broadcasters and others to stream sound recordings (the “statutory licenses”) is just around the corner.  The easiest way to pay this fee is to...… Continue Reading

  • Political Broadcast Rules on the Agenda for FCC’s January Open Meeting
    by FHH Law

    On January 27, 2022, the FCC will hold its monthly open meeting. The meeting will address increasing the transparency of internet access service providers, amending the definition of a library to clarify that Tribal libraries are eligible for support from the E-Rate program, and resolving issues associated with white space devices and databases. The most...… Continue Reading

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