FCC Considers Extension of Online Public File Rules to Radio Stations

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WASHINGTON—When the FCC adopted online public file rules in 2012 they decided to limit initial implementation to broadcast television stations, specifically declining to require radio, cable systems or other multichannel video programming distributors. However, the Commission is now considering the extension of the on-line public file rules to radio stations as well. The Mass Media Bureau is seeking comments as to whether or not the rules should be extended to radio, and if so, a timeline for implementation.

Interested parties may file comments on or before August 28, 2014 and reply comments on or before September 8, 2014. Comments may be filed electronically using by accessing the ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for the submission of comments. All filings must reference MB Docket No. 14-127. In order to be considered part of the official record, comments must be filed using: (1) ECFS, (2) the Federal Government’s eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by filing paper copies. Comments sent via e-mail to the Commission that do not use the ECFS form described below will be considered informal and will not be part of the official record. Copies of all filings will be available in MB Docket No. 14-127 through ECFS and are also available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th St., SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554, telephone (202) 418-0270.

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