The Enforcement Bureau has two divisions responsible for handling broadcast complaints. The Investigations and Hearings Division is responsible for resolving complaints of non-technical broadcast violations such as complaints alleging broadcast of obscene, profane and/or indecent material, violations of the FCC's rules regarding broadcast of hoaxes, licensee-conducted contests, broadcast of telephone conversation, and public inspection file requirements.
The Spectrum Enforcement Division resolves complaints of technical violations such as unauthorized operation of a broadcast station, violation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules, antenna structure registration, marking and lighting rules, and operation with excessive power or at an unauthorized location.
Types of Complaints
Broadcast of Obscene, Profane and/or Indecent Material Complaints
- Broadcast of Hoaxes
- Licensee-Conducted Contests
- Broadcast of Telephone
- Public File Requirements
- Payola and Sponsorship Identification
- Unlicensed Operation of Broadcast
- Emergency Alert System
- Antenna Structure Information
- Broadcast Interference
- The FCC Enforcement Bureau:
A Broadcaster's Guide