FCC Demonstrating How to Post Station Files to Database

The demonstration will be streamed live
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Because the Federal Communications Commission will require licensed commercial and noncommercial television broadcasters to post their public inspection files to a FCC online database, on July 17, 2012 the commission is holding a demonstration on how to work the database.

The database has been developed in connection with the FCC’s order—which becomes effective on Aug. 2, 2012—requiring both commercial and noncommercial television stations to post their pubic inspection files on the commission website.

On May 11, 2012, the FCC posted a Federal Register notice—Standardized and Enhanced Disclosure Requirements for Television Broadcast Licensee Public Interest Obligations; Extension of the Filing Requirement for Children’s Television Programming Report (FCC Form 398)—which says the commission is modernizing the procedures television broadcasters use to inform the public about how the stations serve communities by having stations post their public files online in a FCC-hosted database, rather than maintaining the files locally at their main studios.

The demonstration is scheduled to take place on July 17 at 10 a.m. EST at the FCC headquarters, 445 12th St., S.W., Washington, D.C. The demonstration also will be streamed live.

The demonstration will focus on the interface to be used by stations to file documents, the FCC says. It will inform broadcasters 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 commission says.

Click here for information on the live streaming of the event.