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NRB Seeking Comments from Non-Commercial Broadcast Members by July 16

CommentThe 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:  if passed, the new rule would allow non-commercial licensees to use up to 1% of their annual air-time to raise funds on the air for 3rd party, 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations of the station’s choosing.

NRB’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Craig Parshall 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 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and is welcoming input from NRB’s non-commercial broadcasters. Non-commercial stations 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. Interested broadcasters will then receive a follow-up opportunity to weigh-in on this historic opportunity to impact FCC policy.