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FCC Announces Demonstration of Public Inspection File Interface

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Released: July 6, 2012


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 12-1088

Released: July 6, 2012


TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012 10:00 a.m.

MM Docket No. 00-168; MM Docket No. 00-44

On July 17, 2012, the FCC will conduct a public demonstration of the database it has developed
to host the online public inspection file for television broadcast stations. The FCC will
demonstrate the interface to be used by stations to file documents required to be placed in the
online database.
The database has been developed in connection with the FCC’s recent Order requiring television
broadcast stations to post their public inspection files online in a central, Commission-hosted
database.1 These rules go into effect August 2, 2012.2 The demonstration is part of the
commitment made by the Commission to test the online public file and educate the public
regarding its use. The demonstration will inform broadcasters and others of the design and
content of the online file, how stations will upload information to the file, how file sharing tools
like Dropbox and Box can be used for uploading, and other ways in which the FCC is working to
facilitate access to its public databases.
The demonstration will take place on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. EDT in the Commission
Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. This event
will be streamed live. Persons interested in participating via the Internet may do so by logging
on to Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available
upon request. Send an email to or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

1 See Standardized and Enhanced Disclosure Requirements for Television Broadcast Licensee Public Interest
, Extension of the Filing Requirement for Children’s Television Programming Report (FCC Form 398),
Second Report and Order, MM Docket Nos. 00-168 and 00-44, FCC 12-44 (rel. April 27, 2012).
2 See Public Notice, Effective Date Announced for Online Publication of Broadcast Television Public Inspection
, MM Docket Nos. 00-168 and 00-44, DA 12-1507, rel. July 3, 2012.

To the extent any participant submits information during the demonstration on which the
participant intends the Commission to rely in the online public file proceeding, such information
should be filed in the rulemaking docket in ECFS, as required under 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
For additional information, contact John Norton,, (202) 418-7037, or Kim
Matthews,, (202) 418-2154, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, or
Greg Elin,, (202) 418-2210, of the Office of the Managing Director. For
press inquiries, contact Janice Wise,, 202 418-8165.

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