The FCC is reviewing its long-standing requirement that radio stations keep physical copies of their public correspondence files.  Radio industry observers such as Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney John Garziglia say that is a welcome change.

Garziglia discussed the proposed public file changes with the Radio + Television Business Report. He said public access to radio studios is a security concern.

However, he said access to the public correspondence file “is not a subject that often comes up with radio station owners but its change will be a welcome one. It is one of a myriad of 20th Century FCC regulatory requirements that in the 21st Century have diminished public interest value. Ask any station owner when the last time was that a member of the public other than a student with a classroom assignment came by to see a local public file and a laugh will be elicited.”

Click here to read “Past Time for Letters File Reg to Go” in the Radio + Television Business Report.

John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.


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