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Updated The Public & Broadcasting now available

The FCC has released an updated version of The Public and Broadcasting.

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FCC rules require all broadcast stations to keep an updated copy of the publication in their public inspection files at all times.

In addition, licensees must provide a copy of the publication to any member of the public.

This publication provides an overview of the FCC's regulation of broadcast radio and television licensees, describes how broadcast stations are authorized, and explains the various rules and policies relating to broadcast programming and operations with which stations must comply, including the obligation to serve their local communities.

It also explains how members of the public can become involved in assessing whether local broadcast stations are complying with these requirements.

The publication is intended to make the public aware of FCC procedures and the tools at their disposal, in the event that they conclude that any of their local stations do not meet these responsibilities.

The guide includes links to places on the FCC's website that offer additional relevant information to the areas discussed by the guide.

The FCC has also appointed two broadcast information specialists, one in the Media Bureau's Audio Division and one in its Video Division, to serve as contact points for the public.

These individuals will be available to provide information to members of the public who may wish to become involved in the commission process.

They will answer questions about how to do so, including inquiries about our complaint or petitioning procedures or the filing and status of the license renewal, modification or assignment or transfer application for a particular station.

If the inquiry relates to a radio station:
(866) 267-7202 (Voice)
(877) 479-1433 (TTY)
(202) 418-1411 (Fax)

If the inquiry relates to a television station:
(866) 918-5777 (Voice)
(866) 787-6222 (TTY)
(202) 418-2827 (Fax)

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