FCC Opens Form 323 ID Number Requirement Proposal For More Public Comment
January 4, 2013 at 3:56 AM (PT)
The FCC has put its revamped Form 323 requirements up for further public comment, asking for responses to the added requirement of an FCC Registration Number (FRN) generated by the Commission’s Registration System (CORES) for attributable individuals reported on the form.
The move is controversial for some because it requires individuals to provide their social security number, and some parties had objected to the requirement for individuals as a result. The Commission offers a "Special Use" FRN not based on taxpayer ID or social security numbers on an interim basis (available only if, "after using diligent and good-faith efforts, a filer is unable to obtain or does not have permission to use an SSN" to get an FRN, and is proposing to remove the "interim" tag from that program.
And the Commission is also proposing to amend the noncommercial station version of the form to require the CORES FRN number as well, and to extend the biennial ownership report filing period for another month to DECEMBER 1st with data as of OCTOBER 1st.
Comments will be due 30 days after publication of the notice in the Federal Register, with replies due 45 days after publication.