FCC Loosens NCE Board Reporting Requirements

In a packed meeting this week, in addition to approving an NRB-inspired order to help noncommercial (NCE) stations support third-party charitable giving, the FCC also passed a measure to lighten a reporting burden for NCE stations. The agency had recently begun requiring NCE stations to supply the personal information of officers and board members, including the last four digits of their social security number, date of birth, and home address. A number of NCE stations worried that this mandate could become a problem for them in recruiting volunteers to serve on their boards, so, in a 2-1 vote, the agency altered course. The agency will still require some demographic information; however, Chairman Ajit Pai emphasized that for such volunteers serving their communities on NCE boards, “The last thing we should do is penalize them with unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

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By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 21, 2017

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