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MAB Member Services

The Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has been proudly serving the broadcasting industry in Mississippi for more than 65 years. We provide programs and services beneficial to the individual broadcaster and to our members as a group.

ALTERNATIVE BROADCAST INSPECTION PROGRAM (ABIP) - ABIP provides great 3-year protection from an FCC walk-in inspection. It is member subscriber-based and is facilitated by a retired FCC Regional Inspector. It is the equivalent of a very inexpensive insurance policy! Many members have stated that this program alone is worth the price of membership.

EEO PROGRAM - Broadcast Compliance Services is an all-encompassing, easy-to-use internet based software program to assist your station in its EEO outreach and reporting initiatives. Free to members.

JOB FAIRS - MAB facilitates a Job Fair every other year. By sponsoring, supporting and participating, stations can earn a full FCC EEO credit against their PRONG 3 requirements.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - By supporting the Scholarship Program, you can earn FCC EEO PRONG 3 credit and encourage bright young people to enter the broadcasting profession. Our goal is to award 8 scholarships annually to deserving residents of MS, enrolled in a course of study directed toward broadcasting at a college or university in MS.

ANNUAL CONVENTION - Our annual convention features workshops and sessions on a variety of topics dedicated to the improved operation of a station. It typically incorporates sales training, FCC updates, exchange of sales and promotion ideas, legal updates, engineering issues, technology updates and other subjects suggested by members. Any business related to the operation of the Association is also included as sponsors and exhibitors.

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS - Features industry experts and guest speakers offering a variety of educational opportunities.

LEGAL INFORMATION - MAB, through its Washington attorneys, provides information pertaining to FCC operating requirements, FCC issues and policy-making, and legislative issues on a national level.

LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT - Legislative support is a key component of member services. It is provided through our staff lobbying efforts both here in MS and in Washington. We maintain a close relationship with the National Association of Broadcasters, working with and through their staff, to be effective on the Hill in Washington regarding broadcast issues.

POLITICAL INFORMATION The MAB staff and our attorneys provided important information on political issues. Political rules and regulations are constantly changing, and we diligently provide timely information to our member stations.

EAS MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT - MAB is the primary author of the state EAS Plan. Our association provides both management and support to assist stations with meeting their important FCC/EAS requirements.

EMAIL ALERTS AND BULLETINS - MAB keeps our members informed on key issues, requirements and information through timely alerts and bulletins.

WEBSITE - Provides relevant information for broadcasters, a member database and online job listings.

MAB/NCSA SUPPORTING ANNOUNCEMENTS - Non-profit organizations contract with MAB for spot air-time. The MAB NCSA Program generates revenue to help keep the MAB dues low.

A BASIC RESOURCE - The MAB is a basic resource of information. We attempt to provide prompt answers to a wide range of questions. If we do not know the answer to a question, we try to find the right source to accurately answer the question.

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CommLawBlog (Courtesy of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth)

Last month we reported on a couple of Notices of Proposed Rulemaking looking for possible solutions to the problems that the upcoming repack of the spectrum will cause to wireless microphone users and manufacturers in particular as well as other unlicensed users of the TV spectrum (who may include some wireless mic folks as well as white space device users). Both of those NPRMs have now been published in the Federal Register – here (for the wireless mic item) and here (for the more general item on unlicensed uses). Thanks to that development, we now know the deadlines for comments...
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If you’re broadcasting video in digital, we’re talking to you. Attention, all DTV broadcasters! It’s that time of year again. Your Form 317 is due at the FCC by December 1. Since that’s the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend, you might want to start to focus on this now, before you get distracted by the holiday spirit. Having trouble recalling just what Form 317 is all about? No problem. Form 317 is the “Digital Ancillary/Supplementary Services” Report on which you have to report whether, between October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014, your DTV station provided any ancillary or supplementary services for a fee...
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Petition for rulemaking follows $600,000 consent decree. Hotels, convention centers, universities, hospitals among those potentially affected. Last month we reported that the FCC had whacked Marriott Corporation for a cool $600,000 for messing with guests’ Wi-Fi hotspots. (The hotelier had prevented guests at its Opryland resort from using their own hotspots by transmitting disabling signals to private hotspots, forcing them to pay what the FCC felt were exorbitant rates for the resort’s own Wi-Fi service.) The FCC’s theory was that Marriott was violating Section 333 of the Communications Act, which bars interference with lawful communications. While Marriott appeared to have accepted its...
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