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RAIN Summit - Dallas, Sept. 24

Event Details:  RAIN Summit Dallas Date:  September 24, Hilton Anatole Time:  9 AM - 4 PM (Lunch included) RAIN…

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FCC Backs Off Steep Fee Hikes for Some After Industry Pressure

The FCC has partially reversed course on its plans to dramatically increase regulatory fees for the new fiscal year after TAB and other industry groups called foul on their methodology. While only Radio and Satellite TV stations will see reductions, the development is notable because it reflects the FCC’s willingness to listen to broadcasters’ concerns, investigate them and adjust course.

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TAB Advocacy Reflected in Law: Open Records, Anti-SLAPP Changes in Effect

Texas broadcasters can see the early fruit of TAB’s state lobbying efforts earlier this year as two key bills took effect Labor Day week-end along with hundreds of others. Closing the so-called “custodian loophole” in the Texas Public Information Act and protecting the core free speech protections in the Texas Citizen Participation Act were among the industry’s highest priorities in the 2019 legislative session.

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Broadcasters Honor Five Industry Leaders at TAB2019

Texas Radio & Television Broadcasters celebrated the achievements of five extraordinary industry leaders at TAB’s Annual Awards Gala.

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STELAR Fight Heats Up as Congress Returns

With Congress returning to work after its extended August recess, the Pay-TV industry is ramping up efforts to gut the broadcast television ecosystem with a bill recently introduced by two House members. The measure is seen as a counterpoint to broadcasters’ argument that STELAR, the satellite TV law, should be allowed to expire as scheduled on Dec. 31.

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Don’t Forget - ETRS Form Three is Due by Sept. 23

The last national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) seems like ages ago, even though it just happened Aug. 7. The test was meant to ascertain the operational status of the broadcast-based daisy chain method of national EAS alert delivery.

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FCC Opens Window for FM, LPTV/Translator Repack Funds

FM radio stations, LPTV stations and TV translators that have been displaced or forced to move to new or auxiliary facilities because of the ongoing TV spectrum repack have until midnight on October 15 to begin the process for reimbursement of related costs. The FCC has created special forms stations must use for the reimbursement process along with an online filing portal, but there is no filing fee.

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New State Restrictions on Attorney Television Advertising Go into Effect Sunday, Sept. 1

New provisions affecting a specific type of attorney television advertising in Texas go into effect Sept. 1 pursuant to SB 1189 by Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, which became law with Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature in June. The new law is meant to curtail intentionally misleading television advertisements for certain legal services and does not apply to radio or Internet advertising.

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TAB Hosts Aug. 27 Webinar on UIL Rules

Just in time for the fall Texas high school football season, TAB will host a webinar next week to review the University Interscholastic League’s broadcast and streaming rules.

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