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During these challenging times, broadcasters are working around the clock to serve their communities, while also facing incredible hardship from rapidly declining advertising revenue.
Please know that your team at NAB is aggressively advocating on your behalf to seek additional relief from Congress to ensure that stations can stay on the air through this crisis.
Today, I am pleased to share with you a newly released User's Guide for Broadcasters to the CARES Act, stimulus legislation recently signed into law. This guide will help you know how your business is impacted and whether you are eligible for loans through new programs.
We are also providing a summary of regulatory relief that has been granted by the Federal Communications Commission and numerous resources to help you navigate the Small Business Administration's loan process. The loan application process begins today and we urge eligible stations to begin applying for loans immediately.
And importantly, you'll want to see how we are continuing to fight for station relief in the forthcoming stimulus bill and what we're asking Congress to provide.
Thank you for your continued service to your communities as Americans – and stations – face an unprecedented time. It is our honor to represent you in the nation's capital, and we are always here for our members. Contact us at any time at email@example.com or call the NAB Member Concierge at (202) 775-2555.
Gordon H. Smith
President and CEO
National Association of Broadcasters
UPDATE FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS CENTER – COVID-19 SCAMS:
Scammers are constantly adapting and the recent COVID-19 national emergency is no exception. The FCC has learned of a number of ways fraudsters are seeking to take advantage of consumers.
From fake testing kits and unproven cures to government imposter scams and work from home schemes, robocall scams are being updated to reflect the current crisis. These scams prey on our most vulnerable community members and result in financial loss or worse, the use of potentially dangerous “treatments”.
The FCC has developed a COVID-19 scams page (https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams )
that includes tips to assist consumers with protecting themselves and their loved ones. The guide includes scam audio and a sample text hoax that was circulating. We will continue to update the page as we learn about new COVID-19 scams.
As local radio and television broadcasters navigate the editorial and operational challenges presented by COVID-19, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is providing tools and resources, including radio and television public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish, to help stations accurately cover this issue and prepare for the impact on your staff, community and business.
PSAs and Toolkit
The PSAs inform audiences how they can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website, CDC.gov/COVID19. The tools include guidance on prevention and precautions, creating response management teams and trusted sources.
We urge you to clear some inventory to air these PSAs as often as possible. As COVID-19 presents more challenges to local communities, our audiences and policymakers look to broadcasters to provide accurate and timely information to help keep the public safe, and Congress will recognize and appreciate the leadership of broadcasters in this effort.
We thank you for your extraordinary service to your communities. As new tools become available, we'll alert stations. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
FEMA has developed a Rumor Control page for COVID-19 here on FEMA.gov. (https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control)
This page will continue to be updated.
Thank you for everything that you are doing. Please call or write if you need anything.
Derrec Becker, SC CEM
Chief of Public Information & External Affairs
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500
Online: scemd.org | Social: @SCEMD
As part of DHEC's ongoing outreach efforts, we have developed the attached website banners that your team can use to link stakeholders and staff to the latest updates from DHEC's webpage. As we learn more about this virus, we will continue to update our website at scdhec.gov/COVID19.
In addition, please see below for links to additional outreach materials for your use:
Additional resources and translated materials are available here. We appreciate your support in helping to educate your fellow team members.
2020 STAR AWARDS
HILTON COLUMBIA CENTER
Updated 2020 Broadcasters’ Calendar
By Scott R. Flick, Lauren Lynch Flick, Jessica T. Nyman, Warren A. Kessler and Simone A. Wood
A Note to Our Readers
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by every sector of the economy. Due to the unique challenges it poses to broadcasters, however, the FCC has made several changes to its filing deadlines and other obligations for broadcasters in 2020. In response, we are publishing this updated version of our 2020 Broadcasters’ Calendar, reflecting changes announced by the FCC as of May 2020. The FCC may make additional changes going forward, so we encourage broadcasters to stay up to date, including by monitoring CommLawCenter.com, where Pillsbury’s Communications attorneys are closely tracking the FCC’s pandemic response.
By Keenan Adamchak on May 14, 2020 06:58 pm
On May 13, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released a Report and Order (“Order”) announcing major changes to the local public notice obligations for broadcast applications. The Order eliminates the obligation to publish a public notice of certain broadcast applications in newspapers. Instead, applicants must now publish such notices online with...… Continue Reading
By Peter Tannenwald and Seth Williams on May 06, 2020 10:44 am
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has taken several steps in recent years to deter robocalls of all kinds, with some success, but not enough to give us poor ordinary folks the telephone peace and quiet for which we yearn. Last year, Congress passed the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (“TRACED Act”),...… Continue Reading
By Davina Sashkin on May 05, 2020 01:30 am
As part of its efforts to provide relief to broadcasters reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has announced a limited waiver of recruitment requirements for the re-hiring of employees who were laid off as a direct result of COVID-19 economic conditions. Under normal conditions, radio and TV broadcast station employment units...… Continue Reading
By FHH Law on Apr 30, 2020 03:44 pm
This week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Public Notice that announced 100 percent electronic filing capability for license applications in the Wireless Radio Services. Accordingly, the filing of all wireless license applications via the Wireless Telecommunication Bureau’s online Universal Licensing System (ULS), or the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filings System (ECFS), will become mandatory...… Continue Reading
By Peter Tannenwald on Apr 28, 2020 01:56 pm
On April 16, 2020, we wrote about new rules governing applications for and the operation of Low Power FM (“LPFM”) radio stations that were scheduled for adoption by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) at its monthly meeting on April 23. The new rules were indeed adopted, although by written vote of the Commissioners the day...… Continue Reading
By FHH Law on May 26, 2020 11:00 am
Broadcast Deadlines: June 1, 2020 Radio License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Michigan and Ohio must be filed in the Licensing and Management System (“LMS”). These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Program Report, also filed in LMS, regardless...… Continue Reading
Free Press vs. Broadcast Journalism: Truth in the Time of the Coronavirus
By Anne Goodwin Crump on Apr 24, 2020 04:09 pm
The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or the “Commission”) recent rejection of a petition submitted by Free Press to demand FCC action with regard to broadcasters’ coverage of governmental statements about the COVID-19 epidemic has received a great deal of coverage. What may have escaped attention, however, is that, aside from some sharp wording, the decision...… Continue Reading
By FHH Law on Mar 30, 2020 10:30 am
In a Public Notice released last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced a delay in Auction 105 for the 3.5 MHz band due to COVID-19. Short-form applications will now be due on May 7, 2020 and the auction for priority licenses will take place on July 23, 2020. Here is the complete list of...… Continue Reading
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FCC Examining Applications for COVID-19 Telehealth and Connected Care Programs
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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)
ARE YOU MISSING OUT ON AN IMPORTANT SCBA MEMBER BENEFIT? IS YOUR STATION DUE FOR AN ABIP INSPECTION?
- All SCBA member stations can participate in this FCC-endorsed voluntary inspection.
- Completing the ABIP insures a station that it is in compliance with FCC regulations.
- Stations holding ABIP certificates are exempt from routine FCC inspections for a period of three years.
How It Works:
- To enroll in the program, contact the SCBA office at 803-732-1186 or email@example.com.
- SCBA will forward a contract with an estimated inspection date.
- Stations must return the signed contract with payment prior to the inspection.
- Upon successful completion of the inspection, stations are issued a certificate that is posted in the station and the FCC is notified of the certification.
- If the station does not pass inspection, a grace period of 150 days from the date on the contract is provided to allow the station to make necessary corrections to successfully complete the inspection.
- Stations may choose to notify the FCC when they enroll in the program, and immediately begin the immunity protection. Or they may choose not to notify the FCC of their enrollment, in which case the station has no protection from inspection.
All stations should take advantage of this valuable service. Be certain your station is in compliance and immune from routine FCC inspection.
If your station currently holds an ABIP certificate, check the renewal date and schedule your next inspection well in advance to avoid any lapse in immunity.
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