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Date: February 1, 2016
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Communications attorney John Crigler commented on new Federal Communications Commission rules that will require radio stations to make certain documents available to the public online.  Based in part on comments prepared by Garvey Schubert Barer, the FCC granted all noncommercial radio stations a two-year exemption from this requirement and allowed these stations to seek waivers of the requirement thereafter.  The requirement is initially applicable only to commercial radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen Audio markets with five or more full-time employees.  John commented: “Two years is probably enough time to adjust to what now seems an inevitable transition from print to electronic public files for radio.”  Stations that encounter technical or financial difficulties complying with the requirements are able to request a waiver from the FCC.  John also noted: “The allowance of such waivers responds directly to comments we filed on behalf of National Federation of Community Broadcasters and Native Public Media.”

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