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House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released the first discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). The subcommittee will discuss the draft legislation at a hearing on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Thank you to everyone who called and emailed the Michigan Congressmen on the House Communication and Technology Subcommittee!
Background on Draft Legislation - copy of the draft is available here.
The draft legislation contains the following:
MAB's Washington Legal Hotline Attorney David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP has prepared both a political time request form and political guide to keep you legal.
These materials are available to members-only here.
From David Oxenford's Broadcast Law Blog
It is a new year, and the FCC is starting with a new round of EEO audits. Letters to over 280 affected radio and TV stations went out late last week, and the FCC’s Public Notice of the audit, listing all of the affected stations, has just been released. The Commission has pledged to audit 5% of all broadcast stations and cable systems each year to assure their compliance with the Commission’s EEO rules – requiring wide dissemination of information about job openings and non-vacancy specific supplemental efforts to educate their communities about job opportunities in the media industry. The form audit letter was also released by the FCC and attached to the Public Notice.
Responses from the audited stations are due to be filed at the FCC by March 31. Licensees should review the list of affected stations carefully to see if any of your stations are on the list. We note that this list appears to be very heavy on noncommercial licensees, so those licensees should be particularly on alert.
Read more - five Michigan stations are on the list:
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