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Federal Regulatory Agencies

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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Sodium Gluconate, Gluconic Acid and Derivative Products From China, But Not France
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The U.S. International Trade Commission issued the following news release:

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative products from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The Commission further determined that there is not a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by ... Show Full Article

USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet From China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The U.S. International Trade Commission issued the following news release:

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative ... Show Full Article

Media Bureau Partially Lifts the Freeze on the Filing of Petitions for Rulemaking to Change Full Power Television Stations' Communities of License
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau issued the following news release:

The Media Bureau is partially lifting a freeze imposed on August 3, 2004, on the filing of petitions for rulemaking to change a full power television station's community of license, effective upon publication of this Public Notice in the Federal Register. This partial lift will restore normal processing for those requests to modify a station's community of license where no technical facility change is required to comply with our principal community coverage requirements. This action will ... Show Full Article

Media Bureau Announces National Nonbroadcast Network Rankings for Purposes of July 1, 2018 Update to Video Description Requirements
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau issued the following public notice (MB Docket No. 11-43):

As of July 1, 2018, the Commission's video description rules will require multichannel video programming distributor ("MVPD") systems that serve 50,000 or more subscribers to provide 87.5 hours of video description per calendar quarter on channels carrying each of the top five national nonbroadcast networks. The top five national nonbroadcast networks are defined by an average of the national audience share during prime time of nonbroadcast networks that reach 50 ... Show Full Article

FCC Media Bureau Issues Statement on Accelerating Broadcasters Post-Incentive Auction
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau issued the following statement by Chairman Ajit Pai:

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The FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau today granted a request from 20 broadcast TV stations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Mariato permit them to construct post-auction facilities ahead of schedule. Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement:

"The Commission has made it a top priority to assist with the recovery from last year's devastating hurricanes. Today, we're taking another important step ... Show Full Article

Communications Status Report for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Maria January 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Federal Communications Commission issued the following news release:

The following is a report on the status of communications services in geographic areas impacted by Hurricane Maria as of January 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT. This report incorporates network outage data submitted by communications providers to the Federal Communications Commission s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). DIRS is currently activated for all counties in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Note that the operational status of communications services after a disaster may evolve ... Show Full Article

Commission Issues Regulatory Reform Priorities Plan
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 -- The Federal Maritime Commission issued the following news release:

The Federal Maritime Commission today released a plan that identifies regulations under its purview that are currently suitable for reform or elimination, and establishes a schedule in which to consider further action on each of the items.

The "Plan for Regulatory Reform of Existing FMC Rules" is the product of the Commission's Regulatory Reform Task Force, which was established on March 13, 2017, and charged with identifying burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommending how they should ... Show Full Article