PBS, the Association of Public Television Stations and the Corp. for Public Broadcasting filed a joint Petition of Reconsideration asking the FCC to change its proposed rules for the broadcast incentive auction to ensure that at least one noncommercial station remains in each market, or at least a reserved channel is left open.
Why This Matters: The petitioners point out that if a non-commercial station decides to give up its license for auction, rather than share, no replacement spectrum would be reserved for a new noncom entrant.
According to a new research report from Frank N. Magid Associates, consumer intent to cut the cord and drop pay TV is up. 2.9% of pay-TV subscribers say they are “very likely” to cancel their service in the year ahead, up from 2.7% last year and 2.2% two years ago.
Why This Matters: Though the percentage of people getting video content from broadband is still small, cord cutting worries the TV industry. The number of pay-TV subscribers dropped last year and the trend could accelerate as more content goes on line and mobile devices become more powerful and popular.
EQUITY COMMUNICATIONS LP has been fined $10,000 for fencing violations at Oldies WCMC-A/WILDWOOD, NJ and $20,000 for painting and lighting violations at its simulcast partner Oldies WMID-A/ATLANTIC CITY.
At WCMC, a portion of the station's fence surrounding the base of the tower was missing after Hurricane SANDY hit the shore. "Although there were remnants of a fence," the Commission wrote, "the portion of the fence that remained did not restrict access to the base of the ...
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Fight for the Future and Namecheap just parked a truck directly across the street from the FCC with a huge video billboard mounted on top facing the agency's main entrance; we're playing net neutrality videos all day today and tomorrow."
I know you've all already submitted your net neutrality comments to the FCC (you have, right?
The FCC has fined WESTERN SLOPE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC $20,000 for public file violations at Sports KRGS-A (ESPN RADIO 690)/RIFLE, CO and Classic Rock KRVG (THE RIVER)/GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO. The public inspection files at the Stations were each missing multiple issues/programs lists; the station found the lists at another co-owned studio and said the lists were accessible via a shared computer network, but the Commission said, "Inadvertent mistakes are not mitigating circumstances that ...