And that’s thanks to the FCC’s repeal of a rule that required broadcasters, with secondary licenses, to maintain paper copies of certain Commission rules. A Report and Order was to be considered Thursday at the FCC’s regular meeting. However, the Commission went ahead and repealed the rule and deleted the item from the agenda.
As Broadcast Attorney David Oxenford writes, “The Commission notes that station operators have a general obligation to be familiar with the rules that apply to their service, but there is no need to mandate a hard copy of the rules when rules can be accessed from other sources, in more current versions, electronically.”
This is all part of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s initiative to modernize media regulations.