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This is the press release issued by the FCC Today...


FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI CONTINUES REGULATORY REFORM TO

EASE BURDEN ON BUSINESSES; ANNOUNCES ELIMINATION OF 83 OUTDATED

RULES

"Fairness Doctrine" and other obsolete provisions among those deleted; Actions consistent with Chairman Genachowski's regulatory reform agenda and commitment to act in accordance with recent Executive Order to improve regulation and regulatory review

Washington, D.C....
Today, a New York federal appeals court ruled the U.S. Federal Communications indecency rules are unconstitutional.  The Court ruled the policy is "unconstitutionally vague" and violates First Amendment rights guaranteeing freedom of speech to all Americans.

In the case of Fox Television Stations Inc. v. FCC, 06-1760, Second Circuit Court of Appeals...the court struck down the FCC policy regarding "fleeting expletives" ..in FCC language..the...

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission adopted an order yesterday by a 3-0 vote allowing AM radio stations to use FM translators, granting AM stations the ability to enhance their reach within a local community. Commenting on the FCC action, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"AM stations broadcast some of the most localized programming in America, providing listeners with all-news, all-sports...

According to news reports, the musicFIRST Coalition, a group created by the Recording Industry Association of America to lobby in support of a performance tax on radio, filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday. The complaint asserts that unnamed radio stations have refused to play music by unnamed musicians who support the record label-led effort to strap radio stations with new fees for airing music free to listene...

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted to ban the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, a long-defunct broadcasting regulation that was taken off the books in 1987, by adopting two amendments to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act today.

The amendment sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) would not only ban the Fairness Doctrine, but it would also prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from encouraging broadcasters to air local news...

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A year long investigation into the practices of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin ended yesterday as the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released the report of their findings.  The report titled "Deception and Distrust" charged that Martin "manipulated, withheld or suppressed data, reports and information" from the four other Commissioners They had complained that he withheld information from them and then scheduled votes that did not give them...
Violates Constitution's Equal Protection Guarantee

A demand by a federal agency that two companies agree to a race-based set aside as a condition to approval of their merger today drew a warning that the provision is unconstitutional from a western, nonprofit, public-interest law firm known for civil rights litigation. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) warned the agency that its ...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia threw out the $550,000 fine imposed by the FCC when Janet Jackson exposed her breast during the half time of the Super Bowl in 2004...the infamous "wardrobe malfunction." The three judges on the court ruled that the FCC "acted arbitrarily and capricously" in issued the huge fine for the event. The Court said the fine from the FCC was a sudden departure from a 30 year policy of fining stations on...
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin had said he had hoped to vote on the merger of XM and Sirius by the end of June.  After the Justice Department approved the two companies joining together it's all up to the FCC.  Pressure from both the Senate and the House has been very public with letters urging Martin to demand the companies set aside at least 20 or 25% of their channels for minorities, public service and emergency broadcasts.  They have also demande...
In a statement yesterday, Kevin Martin announced "As I have indicated before, this is an unusual situation.  I am recommending that with the voluntary commitments[Sirius and XM] have offered, on balance, this transaction would be inthe public interest."  Martin is expected to call for a vote this week.    While it's not known how the Commissioners will vote it is expected that the two Republicans will line up with Martin and the final step ...
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