The FCC is considering two items of interest to broadcasters at its next open meeting Jan. 28.
The first concerns radio specifically. The full commission plans to vote on expanding its online public file requirements to broadcast radio, satellite radio, cable systems and DBS.
We recently reported the agency was circulating an order on the 8th floor to require radio and the other services to upload their public file documents to an FCC-hosted and maintained database; the point is to increase transparency in general, but especially for political ad buys before the 2016 elections.
The other item of interest to broadcasters concerns both radio and television. The commission plans to vote to strengthen the Emergency Alert System by promoting state and local participation, supporting more testing, leveraging technological advances, and bolstering EAS security.