Nearly every broadcaster who has done business with the FCC is familiar with the FRN. Since 2000, anyone doing business with the Commission is required to first obtain a unique identifying number through the FCC Commissioning Registration System, known as CORES, called an FCC Registration Number or "FRN."
An FRN is required to submit or file applications, remit payments to the Commission and conduct many other types of business. As a part of the Commission's effort to reform and transform itself into a "model of excellence" in government, the new CORES system is designed to implement many of the privacy and security goals the Commission laid out in its 2010 Notice of Proposed Rule Making; specifically, to strengthen the security of FCC records, make CORES more user-friendly and improve the Commission compliance with various statutes that govern debt collection and the collection of personal information. The changes are significant and everyone who does business with the FCC must become familiar with them.
Gregg Skall represents broadcasters and other parties in their regulatory dealings before the Federal Communications Commission and in their commercial business dealings. He serves as Washington Counsel to several state broadcaster associations. He also works with telecommunications companies and with radio device manufacturers to obtain FCC approvals.