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FCC Votes to Require Online Public File for TV Stations – Rejects Compromise for Political File

Posted in Political Broadcasting, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
At its meeting today, the FCC voted to require that television stations maintain most of their public inspection files online, in a database to be created by the FCC (see the FCC’s Public Notice here).  While the details about this obligation have not yet been released, from the comments at the FCC meeting, much is already evident.   All TV … Continue Reading

Congress and the Commission Look to Make FCC More Responsive and to Take Costs Into Account in Making New Rules – Will It Work?

Posted in General FCC, Multiple Ownership Rules
In recent weeks, there seems to be a competition to make the FCC more responsive, and to mandate that, before it adopts any new regulations, it take into account the costs of the proposed regulations and the burden that they place on those being regulated.  The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee … Continue Reading

Fines of $9000 for Public File Violations Upheld, But FCC Asks if the Paperwork Burden of the Public File is Justified

Posted in FCC Fines
Last week, in a frenzy of cleaning up issues left from old license renewal applications, the FCC upheld several $9000 fines for public file violations – most in connection with the failure of licensees to have a complete set of Quarterly Programs Issues lists ("QPIs") in those files.  The broadcasters who were fined came up … Continue Reading

So What Happened to Those New Ownership Reports that Were Supposed to Be Filed on November 1?

Posted in General FCC
Several months ago, we wrote of the FCC’s requirements for a new biennial Ownership Report for all commercial broadcast stations - to be filed by all stations in every state on November 1 of every other year – beginning with November 1 of this year.  The FCC has even suspended the requirements for commercial stations to file reports that … Continue Reading

Will the FCC Back off on its TV Enhanced Disclosure Requirements?

Posted in Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
Broadcasting and Cable magazine today reported that the FCC is looking to back off some of the requirements for the "enhanced disclosure" of television broadcaster’s public interest programming (see our summary of the new requirements of FCC Form 355, here).  B&C reports that the FCC may lessen or at least better explain some of its new reporting … Continue Reading

OMB Throws Out Leased Access Rules as Violation of Paperwork Reduction Act – Will TV Enhanced Disclosure Be Next?

Posted in Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Last week, the Office of Management and Budget determined that the FCC’s new rules on Leased Access to cable channels (see our bulletin describing those rules) violated the Paperwork Reduction Act. This means that the new rules, which would have significantly lowered the cost for parties who wanted to lease cable channels to provide their own … Continue Reading