We all remember HAL, the creepy monotone computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey that developed an unpleasant independent streak. (Click here for a clip of HAL’s big scene.) Science fiction, right? Maybe not. It seems that, like HAL, the FCC’s Consolidated Database System (CDBS) may be developing a mind of its own.
In a Public Notice released last week, the FCC announced new procedures for consumers to file complaints against companies to allege violations of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”), the goal of which is to ensure that people with disabilities have access to advanced communications services (“ACS”). Generally, ACS is one-way VoIP, electronic messaging (email, text, IM) and interoperable video conferencing.
If you’ve got your eye on a vanity toll free telephone number you’d like to use – or if you might want to expand an existing vanity number to include another toll free area code – listen up: New toll free area code 844 is about to make its debut. And now the FCC has announced how numbers in that area code are going to be assigned.
December Regulatory Deadlines for Broadcasters – Renewals, Ownership Reports, CALM Act, and TV Form 317
While we were sidetracked by the government shutdown in posting reminders about regulatory deadlines for broadcasters during the last two months, it’s about time to put that behind us, and to resume our monthly practice.
As we reported last week, the list of LPFM applications filed during the 2013 window is now available. For those of you who might prefer a more visual means of determining where those applications happen to be geographically, our friends at Cavell Mertz have advised us of a nifty feature that they provide – free of charge, thank you very much – through their website at FCCInfo.com.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the most immediate part of the FCC’s plan for the revitalization of AM radio – providing more FM translators for AM stations.
Economically significant rules dominated the past week, with extensions of the comment periods on four Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s release of 2014 standards for renewable fuels proposed rule, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completing review of several Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) health-related final rules, now the dominant participant in executive review.
The FCC’s release of its “tentative agenda” before each monthly meeting draws close scrutiny from people like us, but not much from the larger world outside the Beltway.
The amateur radio community has come a long way since the early days of Morse code (even though, as recently as 2006, many amateurs opposed the FCC’s dropping a Morse code requirement). In fact Morse was the first popular form of digital radio transmission.
The FCC wants your help in designing its on-the-fly frequency coordination system for the 3550-3650 MHz band – a concept that has the potential to remake spectrum management for many other bands as well.