At its open meeting on January 28, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted rules requiring radio to have an online public file. The new rule will:
· Require entities to only upload to the online public file documents that are not already on file with the FCC or maintained by the Commission in its own database; the Commission will include documents already on file with the FCC in the online file ;
· Exempt existing political file material from the online file requirement, and require that political file documents be uploaded only on a going-forward basis, consistent with the approach taken in the television transition;
· With respect to radio broadcasters, impose the online file requirement initially only on commercial stations in the top 50 Nielsen Audio markets with five (5) or more full-time employees, while delaying for two years all mandatory online public file requirements for other radio stations;
· Permit entities that are temporarily exempt from part or all online public file requirements to upload material to the online file voluntarily before the delayed effective date of their online file requirement;
· Permit entities that have fully transitioned to the online public file to cease maintaining a local public file, as long as they provide online access to back-up political file material via the entity’s own website if the FCC’s online file database becomes temporarily unavailable.
According to Prabu David
, Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences
, “MSU will NOT participate in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.” David noted that WKAR had received hundreds of emails and social media postings regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, and that he and the WKAR staff were “truly touched” by all the support.
The FCC Spectrum Auction is happening in the Spring of 2016, and is meant to reallocate a portion of the spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile providers.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters maintains a formal agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to operate the ‘Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program’ (ABIP).
MAB’s ABIP grants unique benefits to radio and television stations that elect to participate and resolve their deficiencies. These stations earn a three-year MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance.
Not only does the MAB ABIP provide an independent, confidential written review of compliance with applicable FCC rules at your main studio and at each transmitter site, the program also provides expert recommendations and access to the MAB’s ABIP inspector, thereby enabling you to maintain the highest degree of operational compliance.
What if a violation inadvertently occurs and an FCC field agent appears at your studio location? Point out your MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance, follow the agent’s instructions to resolve the issue of note, and contact the MAB office to facilitate mitigation of the occurrence with the applicable FCC field office.
Now is the time for your station to join the 2016 MAB ABIP and earn the inherit benefits – and enjoy compliance peace of mind! Contact Ann Walters today at walters[email protected], or call (800) 968-7622 to request your ABIP contract.