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FCC Proposes Fine For Alaska FM Station Violation Of Commission Rules

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:26:04 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission today issued a proposed $66,000 fine against FM radio station licensee Kenai Educational Media in Seward, Alaska for numerous apparent violations of FCC rules, including actions that undermine the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Broadcasters have very important obligations related to EAS, a critical system for ensuring the public can receive accurate and expedient alerts and warnings during times of local and national emergencies.
 
Kenai Educational Media, which operates KIBH-FM, was notified on multiple occasions by the FCC that it had programmed its EAS equipment messages for a radio station serving a different geographic area than that served by Kenai, was failing to monitor at least two EAS sources, and didnotkeepEASoperationinformationavailabletostaffasrequired. Broadcastersthatare licensed by the FCC have important obligations to their communities to be prepared to participate in the EAS system as needed. Although most licensees take this responsibility seriously and serve their communities as key outlets for emergency warnings and alerts, a broadcaster’s failure to meet these FCC requirements is a serious offense which can pose real dangers for their communities.
 
In addition to its apparent EAS violations, the broadcaster also apparently violated a number of broadcast station rules, such as maintaining required records. Lastly, the broadcaster also failed to respond to several Commission inquiries. An agent from the Commission’s Anchorage field office discovered the violations and issued a notice to the Licensee. Following numerous such notices and no response from the Licensee, the agency is moving forward with issuing today’s proposed fine.
 
The proposed fine is formally known as a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, and the broadcaster will have 30 days to respond. The Commission will then review the response and any additional evidence, and may then proceed to issue a final forfeiture.

NBC News Launches ‘Stay Tuned,’ a Snapchat News Show

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:43:13 -0400

NBC News launched a twice-daily news show on Wednesday morning called "Stay Tuned," which will appear on Snapchat’s Discover platform — the first daily news show on Snapchat. The show will have morning and afternoon editions each weekday and a show on the weekends. It will also include updates throughout the day to cover breaking news.
 
"Stay Tuned," which has a 30-person team lead by executive producer Andrew Springer, will be hosted by Gadi Schwartz, an NBC News correspondent, and Savannah Sellers, a correspondent for MSNBC. It will cover national and international news, politics, pop culture, and more.
 
Snapchat is a video- and photo-sharing application for mobile phones used daily by more than 166 million people around the world — primarily millennials — to watch stories from friends and explore video from around the world. It is also used by leading publishers that create content within the app.
 
NBCUniversal was the first major media partner to develop and produce shows for Snapchat. Last August, NBC launched "The Voice" on Snapchat, followed by E!’s "The Rundown," "World of Dance," "Saturday Night Live," and others now in development.
 
“It’s fitting that NBC News is pioneering this new format for a new platform,” said Nick Ascheim, senior vice president for digital at NBC News. “It’s a continuation of NBC News’ tradition of innovation, first in radio, then in inventing color TV and the morning news program, and now with an entirely new type of news show for Snapchat."

FCC Updates Rules on Authorization of Radiofrequency Devices

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:35:22 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission has streamlined and modernized the authorization requirements for most radiofrequency devices, such as cell phones or TV receivers, that are imported, marketed, or operated within the United States. This decision continues the FCC’s ongoing efforts to provide greater flexibility and reduce the burdens associated with certain equipment authorization rules.
 
The Commission’s action allows required labeling information to be provided to the consumer via the device’s electronic display. This provides an alternative to the requirement for etching or permanent labels on the exterior of devices, and manufacturers expect the use of electronic labelling rather than permanent physical labels to result in a measurable reduction in costs. This action is consistent with the objectives of the Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses Act of 2014 or the E-LABEL Act.
 
The Commission also eliminates the requirement to file with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the FCC Form 740 – the FCC’s unique import declaration for RF devices brought into the United States. Because of the exponential increase in imported RF devices, this filing requirement has become an unwieldy tool for the FCC and it has placed an increasingly substantial burden on importers. At the same time, the CBP’s revised database and the increasing availability of product information on the Internet and through other means have reduced the practical need for the form.
 
The Commission is also combining two separate self-approval procedures into one, which will help reduce confusion as to which process applies to any given product. The new combined process is called the Suppliers Declaration of Conformity and will allow device manufacturers to bring products to market in a more efficient manner while continuing to ensure compliance with the equipment authorization program.
 
Lastly, the First Report and Order updates specific measurement procedures and clarifies certain standards that may be relied on for demonstrating that equipment complies with the rules. These changes allow the Commission to better and more quickly respond to changes in technology and international standards, and will aid the development of and speed the approval for new RF devices.

Sennheiser Supports New FCC Ruling

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:27:05 -0400

The U.S. FCC ratified an Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the use of the frequency spectrum that will impact all wireless microphone users. The Order on Reconsideration ensures that wireless audio applications both now and in the future will continue to flourish. Having considered the input of Sennheiser and many others in the audio community, the FCC ruling modifies initial guidelines that may have negatively impacted manufacturers, owners, and operators of wireless microphone equipment in their original form.
 
Sennheiser filed a Petition of Reconsideration with the FCC in December of 2015 following the initial announcement of new regulations, timed to coincide with the upcoming incentive auction and reallocation of the 600 MHz frequency spectrum. Sennheiser’s filing were practical concerns for manufacturers and users of wireless microphones in day-to-day applications as well as proposing potential solutions. The FCC studied Sennheiser’s proposals and the input of others during the intervening year and a half, and the Order on Reconsideration has made many of the audio specialist’s proposals a reality.
 
“We sincerely applaud the FCC staff for their work and due consideration on this Order and proposed rulemaking,” says Joe Ciaudelli, Director of U.S. Spectrum Affairs for Sennheiser. “This represents a very positive outcome for our customers and all professional wireless microphone users. Clearly the FCC listened to the needs of the professional production community and worked hard to provide a solution.”
 
The Order on Reconsideration is wide-ranging and affects several key provisions of the guidelines passed in August of 2015. According to Sennheiser, the Commission had initially created an out-of-band emission (OOBE) standard that might have resulted in unintended consequences. With the ratification, the FCC has now adopted the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ESTI) OOBE standard, which achieves the intended goal of protecting the use of adjacent frequency bands and harmonizes with international standards — allowing users to operate the same equipment in multiple countries in many cases.
 
Additionally, the Order will enable legacy equipment that operates within the 600 MHz band to be modified to comply with the new regulations, saving a significant amount of still operational wireless gear from costly pre-mature obsolescence following the transition period.

Clear-Com, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, and K-Tec To Host The Sound Summit Seattle

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:19:13 -0400

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Clear-Com, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, and K-Tek will host The Sound Summit Seattle at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle. This event is part of The Sound Summit series of informal networking and educational presentations for audio professionals to gather, collaborate, and discuss their techniques and tools for audio production.
 
Attendees will benefit from a one-on-one social experience with members of the community as well as manufacturers who specialize in audio production. Clear-Com, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, and K-Tek will also showcase their newest products, including Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system; DPA’s d:vice digital audio interface; Lectrosonics’ Duet Digital Wireless IEM/IFB Monitor system; Sound Devices’ MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 audio recorders; as well as K-Tek’s Boom Box microphone boom stand/apple box and the Sidekick KTA2B compact wireless transmitter adapter.
 
The Sound Summit Seattle will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., opening with a networking social hour, followed by short informational presentations from each of the manufacturers from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concluding with a few additional hours of networking time. Representatives from all five manufacturers will be available throughout the event to discuss best practices for utilizing their equipment.
 
“The Sound Summit series has been a very successful way for these manufacturers to come together with the professional audio community and learn about the industry’s needs,” says Karl Winkler, VP of Sales and Service at Lectrosonics. “We are excited to have Clear-Com join us as we share ideas with the professionals in the Seattle community.”
 
To sign up for this free event, please register at http://thesoundsummit.org/seattle/.

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