In May, the FCC voted to change its requirements for public notices of broadcast applications (see our post here) – standardizing the messages that must be conveyed to the public and eliminating the need for newspaper publication in those instances where it was still required. The new rules also require that each commercial station include a link on its website to another webpage where public notice of pending applications is provided, and that link needs to be maintained whether or not a commercial station has any applications requiring public notice pending. That decision will become effective tomorrow (October 30) based on its publication in the Federal Register today. So we thought that we would revisit the summary we provided of the changes in the notice rules.
When a broadcaster files certain types of applications with the FCC, the public must be informed. In May, the FCC issued its Order changing the rules regarding the public notice that must be given – consolidating what was a confusing process with different language and timing for notice about different types of applications into one providing standardized disclosures and scheduling for all public notices. The decision (which is effective tomorrow) eliminates obligations for the newspaper publication that was required for some public notices. It also requires the inclusion of a permanent “FCC Applications” link on the homepage of each commercial station’s website, whether or not they have any applications pending (noncommercial stations only need to include a link when they have applications pending and their stations are not operational and cannot broadcast the required notice). Let’s look at some of the other changes that are now effective.
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