The FCC Media Bureau is seeking comments on a request filed by several public interest groups to require satellite and cable systems to post their public files, and, in particular, their political files, on an FCC hosted website in the same manner required of all commercial and noncommercial television stations. One of the public interest groups has already filed formal complaints regarding errors and omissions that it found in existing online public files of various television stations. On its own motion, the Media Bureau also seeks comments on whether the Commission should extend the online public file requirement to radio stations as well.
In a Public Notice released on August 7, the Bureau noted that it may allow radio stations to voluntarily use the FCC-hosted website to post public file materials, once there is available capacity and funding. The Bureau now seeks comment on whether to commence a rulemaking to expand the online public inspection file requirement to radio stations, and, if so, within what time frame.
Comments on these issues are due August 28 and Reply Comments are due September 8. If you would like more information about the proposal, or would like to file comments, please contact any attorney in our office.