Online Political File Fail Resolved With Consent Decree

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When it comes to broadcast media companies, political advertising revenue is a huge boost to the bottom line.


That said, the FCC has a bottom line when it comes to the purchase of radio broadcast time made by a legally qualified candidate for office, or by a Political Action Committee.

Section 315(e)(3) of the Commission’s Rules says that a radio station must maintain a file, publicly accessible upon request, and upload any and all information about these requests to view a political file, “as soon as possible.”

The Commission considers this act critical. But, a Colorado radio station owner didn’t abide by these rules. To settle the matter, a Consent Decree has been reached between the licensee and the FCC.

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