FCC Expands Online Public File Requirement


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has adopted rules to require cable operators, satellite television (DBS) providers, and broadcast radio and satellite radio licensees to post their public and political files to the FCC’s online public inspection file database. The Commission adopted online public file rules for broadcast television licensees in 2012, moving television public files online to a central, Commission-hosted database rather than maintaining files locally at their main studios. TV broadcasters completed their transition to the online file in July 2014. The Commission’s action extends the online filing requirement to these additional entities and includes a number of measures to minimize the effort and cost associated with moving the public files online. The public file database is available on the Commission’s website at https://publicfiles.fcc.gov.

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