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FCC Announces New Features in Online Public Inspection File System

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Released: October 3, 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 12-1578

Released: October 3, 2012


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

The Media Bureau is pleased to announce new features in the online broadcast public inspection
file system:


– Stations can create folders to upload files that relate to their
authorizations, such as reports required by conditions placed on their licenses by the

Equal Employment Opportunity

– New, pre-generated folders are now available for
stations to upload the annual reports required by and described in Section 73.2080(c)(6)
of the Commission’s rules and information bearing on any ongoing inquiry, audit,
investigation or complaint that concerns EEO and of which the licensee is aware.


– New, pre-generated folders are now available for each type of application
stations might file (renewal, assignment, etc.), so licensees can separately upload any
additional material that relates to each type of application, including notices of petitions
to deny and other supplemental information.


– A new, pre-generated “Contracts and Agreements” folder is now available
so stations can upload the lists of contracts/agreements required to be placed in their
public files by Section 73.3526(e)(5) of the Commission’s rules if their most recent
ownership report no longer reflects all such arrangements. Licensees can, in their
discretion, upload the actual documents in lieu of the lists. Licensees may also upload
any additional documents relating to their ownership or ownership reporting obligations.

Children’s Television Programming Reports

-- Stations can upload any additional
documentation related to children’s television programming that is not otherwise
contained in the quarterly reports.

Political File Terms and Disclosures

– A new, pre-generated “Terms and Disclosures”
folder is now available. If the documents placed by stations in the political files folders
contain terms, abbreviations, or other language that require explanation for a full
understanding of the documents, licensees should upload such explanations, including
any keys or legends, to this folder. If documents uploaded to the other political files
already contain such explanations, keys or legends, nothing need be uploaded here.
The Commission links to the public inspection file are as follows: for access by the public –; for access by TV broadcasters –

As previously announced, work will continue, including development of a public search feature,
RSS feeds for easy identification of new documents filed, and permitting broadcaster access to
the interface through Dropbox along with other offerings. Members of the public and
broadcasters will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the interface if they have
questions. For further information, you can contact the Licensing Support Hotline at (877) 480-
3201 option 2, (717) 338-2888, or (717) 338-2824 (TTY). The Hotline is available to assist with
questions Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. You may also submit requests and
report any errors or problems with the online sites at In
order to provide better service all calls to the Hotline are recorded.
For press inquiries, contact Janice Wise,, 202 418-8165.

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