NAB Wants FCC To Consider Logistical, Practical Issues Before Making Radio Stations Post Political Files Online
August 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM (PT)
The NAB has weighed in on the FCC's proceeding involving online political files and the expansion, requested by the CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER, COMMON CAUSE, and the SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION, to include cable and satellite TV and broadcast radio among those having to post the files online.
Presently, broadcast TV is alone with that requirement, and the NAB said that it "wholly support(s) regulatory parity between video providers’ online public and political file requirements," but asserted that "there are significantly more logistical and practical issues to be addressed" in adding broadcast radio stations and suggested that the issues need to be included in a future Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Among the issues raised by the NAB were the additional filings putting a strain on the FCC database, the "dramatic" variation in staffing from station to station and market to market, available resources, and whether the requirement should be phased in and offer exemptions.