Friday, December 12, 2014

FCC To Extend On-Line Filing To Radio

Add extending public file obligations to cable, satellite and radio operators among the items that have secured at least provisional approval via three Democratic votes, according to Multi-Channel News.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Oct. 30 circulated the item to the other commissioners for a vote.  

The three Democratic commissioners, which includes the chairman, have all voted for the item, according to FCC sources, which means it will be official as soon as the Republicans vote, no matter which way that goes.

Once there is a quorum of votes(3) on an item, it goes on the clock and then must be voted within a set period of time--there can be an extension--or it would eventually become official without the other two votes.  

Currently, only TV stations are required to post their political files online to an FCC database, but in August the FCC asked whether that requirement should be extended, seeking input on a petition to that effect filed by the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation.

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