Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...In August 2013, agents from the FCC Enforcement Bureau's Houston office responded to a complaint that an unlicensed station was operating at 90.1 MHz in Austin. Tracing the source of the signal wasn't exactly difficult..."
"...The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the FCC's penalty, noting that the commission had "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" when it deviated, without warning, from its 30-year-old policy of ignoring the "fleeting" and unintentional incidents that occasionally pop up on television...."
"...Perhaps he should take a look at BusinessWeek.com. There, in a posting that arrived seconds after the TVWeek posting, was an article discussing how Obama’s transition team was mulling over who should take the reins as the new FCC Chairperson. Among the candidates are two African American women including Julia Johnson, a Florida consultant who “chairs Video and Access Alliance, an advocacy and advisory group for independent, emerging, and minority networks and Internet content providers,” according to the posting by Olga Kharif..."
"...The Federal Communications Commission came to Texas last week to continue its hearings on localism: the notion actually, the legal requirement that broadcasters must use the publicly owned airwaves to serve the communities in which they operate, or else surrender their licenses. And overwhelmingly, the message sent to the FCC was that broadcasters are failing in that mission, and that FCC Chairman Michael K..."
"...Portals of communication are at risk of being shut. It is our job to speak up and protect the freedom of the Internet! The FCC is allowing 120 days (from March 15) of public comment before it makes its final decision on this plan that could demolish net neutrality..."
"...In a statement released today, the FCC announced that broadcast stations will have to put what are called "political files" – the details of spending by political parties on campaign ads, including how much they spend and, fascinatingly, what ads were rejected...."
"...The FCC voted to drastically reduce the cost of phone calls made to inmates on Thursday. The new standards will reduce the cost of calls made to those incarcerated in prisons and jails around the country from roughly $20 for 20 minutes to no more than $1.65 for a 15-minute conversation, according to reports from the Associated Press..."
"..."The broadcast industry said to the FCC that we will have a zero tolerance policy, but we don't know where the line is, so use your best judgment," Dudley said later, after signing off for the day. Dudley has no idea where the line is these days..."
"...Oh glorious day! True democracy is at hand! Or maybe not. On Jan. 20, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules which legalize a new class of noncommercial, low-power FM radio stations..."
"...Her voice rises a couple of octaves when she mentions "the truth," Barack Obama's birth certificate, or "the cartel" – especially the cartel. "It's all about the cartel, the monopoly cartel, the Texas Association of Broadcasters and the FCC protecting their cartel illegally," said Stevens, part of a group loosely known as Radio Free Austin...."
"...The broadcasters decry the merger as "anti-competitive," a sin against competition, designed to deprive poor consumers of choices. This is, of course, to put it in FCC-approved terms, a bit of cow poop..."
"...The fight over net neutrality is a long one, and opponents have taken a position that key founders and developers hold as antithetical to the very purpose of the internet. For the last decade, the large telecom firms have lobbied politicians and the FCC to allow new rules that would allow them to slow down or speed up access..."
"...28, hearings will be held in San Antonio, 5:30-9:30pm, in the City Council Chamber of the Municipal Plaza Building, 103 Main Plaza. For more details, see the FCC's Web site at www.fcc.gov/localism; for an activist perspective, try www.prometheusradio.org or www.mediareform.net..."
"...The future of the Internet is at stake if the public does not step up and let its voice be heard in favor of opening unused TV airwaves for Internet use, according to FreePress.net, a media reform watchdog group. In addition to the presidential election, Nov. 4 is the date the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on whether to open unused television airwaves to Internet use nationwide..."
"...Between the time the sound leaves the broadcaster's throat and the time it reaches your ear, it comes under the regulation of the Federal Communications Commission, that dry, low-profile governmental body answerable only to Congress, best known for overseeing the mergers of communications giants like Time Warner and Viacom. The FCC is the only governmental body that can grant an official radio station license to broadcast..."
"..."It's a purely altruistic endeavor," said Walker, a board member of KLRU-TV and the Austin Film Society. But the result, he says, has been two years of acrimony and FCC delays, capped by the continued focus in Marfa on the aborted launch...."
"...Sent by City Manager Jesus Garza after being approved by the City Council on Jan. 31, the letter is a response to Time Warner's legal petition to the FCC to declare Austin a market with "effective competition." Such a declaration would free Time Warner, Austin's dominant cable provider, from city pricing regulations...."
"...After Free Radio Berkeley was shut down in 1994, the FCC cracked down on microradio stations in earnest. But busting stations and taking operators to court was a full-time job -- at one time or another, nearly every state in the union has had at least one microradio station, and most major cities have two or three -- not to mention a headache and a public relations nightmare..."
"...The major obstacle is the FCC itself. In the last decade or so, the commission has shown a continual pattern of letting commercial stations do whatever they like with their frequencies, especially in the political arena..."
"...In addition to regulating frequencies, the feds also decided that the FCC would regulate content. They included some really smushy wording in the Communications Act of 1934 about broadcasters having to act "in the public interest, convenience, and necessity." This gave the government just enough legal muscle to crack broadcasters across the knuckles when they got naughty..."