FCC Votes To Extend Public Files To Cable, Satellite

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The FCC has voted to propose requiring cable and DBS systems and radio stations (and XM-Sirius) to post their public files, including political files, in an FCC-administered online database.

In response to a petition filed by campaign finance reform groups seeking that extended online filing, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on Oct. 30 circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to that effect for a vote by the other commissioners.

TV broadcasters already have to file records of political ad buys to a searchable, FCC-hosted database (the commission says it has had millions of hits on that database), but the agency held off extending that requirement, and other public file requirements--like EEO, children's TV and more---to cable and satellite operators, which are all still required to keep those files available for public inspection locally.


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