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Tough UHF Discount Oral Argument for FCC Could Spark Cap Action

The FCC had a more difficult time in court Friday than some expected (see 1804190056) in defending its change of the UHF discount so that stations in that part of the TV band could have twice the concentrated … Subscribe to Read >>

Carr Starting to Lay Out Next Steps for FCC Wireless Infrastructure Reform

Commissioner Brendan Carr is starting to sketch out details on what are expected to be the FCC’s next big steps toward making it easier for carriers to deploy small cells tied to 5G. In a speech last week at … Subscribe to Read >>

C-Band Earth Station Freeze Seen as Prelude to C-Band NPRM

An FCC freeze on new or modifications of fixed satellite service licenses in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band is seemingly the next step toward the agency issuing an NPRM on an Intelsat/Intel/SES plan for freeing up part of the C-band … Subscribe to Read >>

Like House, Senate Expected to Pursue Music Modernization Package

Expect the Senate Judiciary Committee to pursue a package of music copyright legislation like the one House Judiciary recently advanced (see 1804110060), industry attorneys and lobbyists told us. Music Modernization Act (S-2334) author Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Circulates Draft Item on New Applications by Dish DEs for AWS-3 Spectrum

A draft item hit the FCC's top floor Thursday on Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless applications for new licenses in the AWS-3 bands, said the circulation list updated the next day. The designated entities and Dish Network recently … Subscribe to Read >>

NAB, Comcast Lead Q1 Lobbying Spending in Early Filings

NAB and Comcast led among communications and tech sector Q1 lobbying expenditures reported by Friday early evening, though most companies and groups hadn't filed yet. NAB spent $3.89 million in Q1, down 4 percent from the same period in … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

FCC To Defend UHF Discount Restoration Before DC Circuit Friday

The FCC is expected to have an edge in Friday’s oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against Free Press and other groups on the agency’s restoration of the UHF discount, but not as big of one as usual, attorneys and industry officials said in interviews. Courts tend to defer to agency decisions, but that dynamic is complicated by this decision being a direct reversal of a 2016 FCC decision to strike down the discount, said Fletcher Heald appellate attorney Harry Cole, who isn't connected to the case. “The FCC has broad discretion,” Cole said, but such a 180-degree turn allows opponents to paint it as a decision motivated by politics rather than the measured work of an expert agency. If the D.C. Circuit isn’t sure what argument is better, it will defer to the commission, said an experienced telecom litigator. … Read More >>

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