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6TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS FCC CABLE FRANCHISING RULES

After nearly 15 years of regulatory proceedings and litigation, the FCC’s rules governing cable franchising have largely been upheld by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The so-called “621 Rules” govern the extent of authority that municipalities, acting as local franchising authorities (LFAs), can exercise over local cable operators.

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BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will make up to $288 million in funding available for the Broadband Infrastructure Program. Our update on the program will help you understand the requirements of the program and NTIA's funding priorities.

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SPRING 2021 NEWSLETTER OUT NOW

Our Spring 2021 Newsletter is out now! We are so excited about the continued growth of our team and the new articles we have written!

In this newsletter, we introduce you to the newest member of our team, provide a special report on the Save Our Stages Act, teach you how to avoid bad band break ups and more!

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AVOIDING UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES WHEN VOLUNTEERS HELP TOO MUCH

In their desire to help, volunteers sometimes take actions beyond the scope of the organization’s mission. A recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision highlights how that can result in unintended liability for the volunteer and the nonprofit organization. This article examines that decision and outlines practical measures that nonprofits can take to ensure the organization clearly communicates the roles of volunteers within the scope of the organization's mission. 
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SAVE OUR STAGES ACT

The Small Business Administration recently announced that it will begin accepting applications on April 8, 2021, for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. Our report on the Save Our Stages Act and SVOG program will help you understand the requirements for applying to receive an SVOG grant. As a pre-application measure, those wishing to apply for a grant under this program should immediately register their business in the System for Award Management (at SAM.gov).
Additionally, Mendoza Law, LLC is pleased to announce that we will offer pro bono assistance with SVOG applications for eligible Minnesota venues. Our pro bono services will be available first to Priority 1, and then Priority 2 applicants, and will be limited based on our capacity. Appointments will be available on a first come, first serve basis. We will begin accepting inquiries on April 2, 2021. Please call Connie Martin at (651)350-7836 for more information.
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HOW TO AVOID BAD BAND BREAKUPS

Many bands start out as a group of friends getting together to play a little music. Often there is a period of harmony and even euphoria. But like any relationship, it will inevitably be tested by conflict – whether that be a financial dispute, creative differences, or just plain old interpersonal conflict. Here are some tips to help work through such conflicts to avoid a bad band breakup.