Recently, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney John Garziglia represented a group of 24 radio broadcast licensees in petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to approve the use of their FM translators to originate limited localized content. Radio World has a new report on the proposal and the debate surrounding it.
A group of 24 broadcast licensees owning 108 radio station and 85 FM translators, represented by Womble Bond Dickinson attorney John Garziglia, hopes to receive Federal Communications Commission approval to use FM boosters to diversify their content offerings and better serve listeners. Garziglia, on behalf of 24 radio station licensees known as Broadcasters for Limited Program Origination, formally filed the petition with the FCC. The FCC is seeking comment on the petition.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has held that a cyber-forensic investigation report was not protected by the attorney work product doctrine and ordered Capital One to produce it in a multidistrict litigation arising out of a 2019 cyber incident. This opinion makes clear that organizations must be careful when hiring cyber forensic companies in anticipation of future litigation. It is critical for organizations to consider when cyber forensic companies should be retained, how they are retained, how they are paid, and how their work will be used and shared both within and outside an organization. If done properly, attorney client privilege and the attorney work product doctrine can be used to shield communications companies from liability in the event of a lawsuit arising from a cybersecurity breach.
WASHINGTON, DC—Currently, FM translators and boosters, which are lower power FM stations, are allowed by the Federal Communications Commission to only rebroadcast programming from their primary station. But under a new proposal filed with the FCC by a consortium of broadcast station owners, FM boosters and translators would be allowed to split off programming for localized or specialized content. Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia assisted the group of 24 FCC licensees in filing the proposal. The group owns 108 full-service stations and 85 FM translators.
WASHINGTON, DC—While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every segment of American life, the FCC has quickly shifted to the work-at-home environment and remains fully operational. FCC leaders continue to make decisions impacting radio broadcasters, and Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia recently joined the RBT+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS Podcast to discuss the FCC’s latest actions.
Many AM radio proponents believe an all-digital transmission option would benefit both stations and customers. Digital signals provide much clearer, static-free audio quality, among other benefits. Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorneys John Garziglia and Gregg Skall are working a group of 25 AM broadcasters as well as with the California and Missouri Broadcasters Associations in support of the all-digital AM option. Representing these clients, they recently filed comments in the FCC’s AM All-Digital Broadcasting Proceedings. Radio World recently wrote about these filed comments in a cover story on the all-digital AM debate.
WASHINGTON, DC—During the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare providers and businesses acting pursuant to the directive of healthcare providers are permitted to send automated calls and text messages critical to the public health without worrying about whether such communications violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), according to a new FCC emergency ruling. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney David Carter discussed this limited exemption with Bloomberg Law.
WASHINGTON, DC—While the broadcast industry fully supports the goals of the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity rules, many broadcasters feel the way these rules are implemented creates unnecessary and unproductive paperwork burdens for broadcast employers.
WASHINGTON, DC—AM radio remains a vital component of America’s communications network, and AM broadcasters want to employ all-digital signals to ensure they remain connected to today’s audiences. Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorneys John Garziglia and Gregg Skall are at the forefront of advocating for this important update for the AM industry.