Thursday, February 2, 2017

Revisions to Public Inspection File Requirements – Broadcaster Correspondence File and Cable Principal Headend Location

"REPORT AND ORDER.  Adopted: January 31, 2017.  Released: January 31, 2017 By the Commission: Chairman Pai and Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly issuing separate statements.

 I. INTRODUCTION 1. In this Report and Order, we eliminate two public inspection file requirements: (i) the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain in their public inspection file copies of letters and emails from the public;1 and (ii) the requirement that cable operators maintain for public inspection the designation and location of the cable system’s principal headend.2 Because of potential privacy concerns associated with putting the correspondence file online and because many cable operators prefer not to post online the location of their principal headend for security reasons, removing these requirements will enable commercial broadcasters and cable operators to make their entire public inspection file available online without these privacy and security concerns and eliminate the need to maintain a local public file..".
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