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FCC Extends Staff Teleworking Period; Gregg Skall Discusses with Communications Daily

Jul 28 2020
The FCC continues to adapt its operations so that the agency can continue to provide important services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest move is to allow teleworking FCC employees to continue working from home into 2021. In addition, the agency has delayed its move to its new headquarters until September due to staff health and safety concerns. Womble Bond Dickinson Telecom attorney Gregg Skall, who regularly works with the FCC on behalf of industry clients, discussed these latest developments with Communications Daily.
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John Garziglia in Radio Ink: FCC Holding Radio Stations Accountable on Immediately Uploading Political Time Purchase Information to FCC Online Public Files

Jul 27 2020
Radio stations should be on notice for the 2020 election advertising cycle: the FCC is serious about enforcing its rule that political advertising requests must be immediately uploaded to the FCC’s online public files. In a new Radio Ink article, Womble Bond Dickinson Telecom attorney John Garziglia writes about the latest developments.
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John Garziglia Discusses FM Translator Geo-Targeting Proposal on In Focus Podcast

Jul 08 2020
As GeoBroadcast Solutions seeks FCC approval to broadcast original, localized content via FM booster stations, a group of 24 radio broadcast licensees represented by Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia says the same opportunities also should apply to FM translators. The licensees, known collectively as Broadcasters for Limited Program Orientation, have filed a petition with the FCC asking that the opportunities to broadcast different or original geo-targeted programming under consideration for FM boosters also be extended to FM translator stations. Garziglia joined Radio + Television Business Report’s In Focus podcast to discuss the proposal and issues surrounding geo-targeted programming.
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Radio World Reports on John Garziglia FM Translator Petition to FCC

Jun 30 2020
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.
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John Garziglia, Womble Bond Dickinson File FCC Petition to Expand FM Translator Programming Options

Jun 25 2020
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.
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Federal Court Finds Cybersecurity Forensic Report Not Privileged Under Attorney Work Product Doctrine

Jun 12 2020
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.
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Radio Groups Seek FCC Permission to Originate Programming on FM Boosters, Translators

May 08 2020
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.
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John Garziglia Discusses FCC Operations in COVID-19 Economy with RBR+TVBR Podcast

May 04 2020
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.
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Radio World Reports on John Garziglia/Gregg Skall Comments to FCC in Support of All-Digital AM

Apr 14 2020
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.