Bill Repeals FCC Info Collection Requirements for Non-Comm Biennial Ownership Reports

According to the press release by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced legislation to roll back the FCC’s requirement that non-commercial broadcasters, in connection with the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by December 1 of this year, get an FCC Registration Number for every person who has an attributable interest in a non-commercial licensee.

The press release states, “The FCC last year voted to overhaul their ownership requirements to improve minority ownership of broadcast stations. While most of the changes were reasonable, the FCC imposed unnecessary and burdensome ownership rules on non-commercial educational (NCE) broadcasters. Under these reporting requirements NCEs are required to include their board members as owners, raising privacy concerns, among other things. This legislation would repeal the new reporting requirements for NCE board members but will continue to require NCEs to report basic ownership information.”

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