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Comments Needed for FCC Non-Com Fundraising Proceeding

The FCC officially published its proposal that suggests allowing non-commercial broadcast stations to use up to one percent of their air-time to fundraise for the benefit of third-party non-profit organizations. This kicks off a 30-day public comment period, and NRB is soliciting feedback over the next few weeks (no later than July 16) from NRB Members as we prepare our comments on this important issue.

Under the leadership of NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright, NRB has spearheaded the quest for a regulatory change for a number of years that would allow non-commercial Christian radio and TV stations to provide such support for charitable ministries in local communities and abroad. This would change the current rule that forbids on-air fundraising by non-commercial stations for 3rd party non-profit groups, in the absence of a specific waiver from the FCC. In actual practice the FCC has been limiting those waivers only to fundraising for massive, catastrophic disasters.

NRB’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel has twice testified in support of this change at FCC hearings, in April 2010 and in October 2011, and will again be filing a formal Comment in response to the FCC’s NPRM, and is welcoming input from NRB’s non-commercial broadcasters.

NRB Members seeking to provide their thoughts on this rule-change can express their interest to the General Counsel’s office through an email to Assistant Counsel Erin Kube – ekube@nrb.org. Please help us in this historic opportunity to impact FCC policy.