Big improvement at FCC Website

Ajit Pai’s support of a free internet is bearing fruit. This has quietly been happening, but shows what a new leader can do.

FCC Chairman Pai has been working with broadcasters to get rid of pointless obligations or at least make it easier. The most dramatic is ending the requirement for every radio station* to maintain a staffed office during business hours to make available the Public Inspection File to anyone that wanders in. Unless the station is very odd, the only person who would ever do that is an FCC inspector asking in order to issue fines and justify their position.

The FCC dangled the carrot that the FCC would provide cloud storage for stations to upload their program logs, EEO reports and political advertising filings. The result is most of what anyone might want, including a contour map, application history and office address and phone number – all in one place.

To use this feature, the station must have a web site, and the web site must point a link to their page at the FCC as in

https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/am-profile/krbt

The FCC also previously required every station to have printed copies of an FCC publication called “The Public and Broadcasting” available to employees and visitors – that the FCC has now made available online here. This ended this self-serving requirement, now that we all have those Interwb Tubes to study it online. Note that the document has not been updated in 10 years.

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10 Responses to Big improvement at FCC Website

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    > “The FCC dangled the carrot that the FCC would provide cloud storage for stations…”

    Sounds like a “Pai in the sky” idea. 😉

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    The “stick” is that once people are uploading their reports to the FCC, the FCC can remind the stations when they have not posted EEO reports – instead of just doing random samples.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Let’s see how many FCC jobs that eliminate to have a web server send out an automated email reminder rather than have a team of people going through the snail mail each day.

      The government has a way of eliminating work but not the people that are no longer needed.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        I know this is shocking, but many people who own or run radio stations don’t use email

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          I’m not shocked. email has gone the way of the Compact Disc – it is for old people.

          My teenage daughter and her friends don’t use it- they text or snapchat and sometimes share pictures amongst themselves in Instagram.

          email is actually an old technology with lots of security and phishing shortcomings… similar to the URL system for web addresses. Maybe these will be solved by google once they eliminate URLs from Chrome? https://www.wired.com/story/google-wants-to-kill-the-url/
          Internet 3.0 is shaping up like the fictional Boston bar Cheers – where everybody knows your name and your personal business.

          • TheChairman says:

            Count me as old… email is still the ‘standard’ for business contracts & legal agreements. Eventually, I think blockchain authenticated signatures will be the new “gold standard” across devices and apps.

  3. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Ajit Pai stated in a blog today (Sept 4 2018) that hopes to learn about three things during hearings with the tech giants:

    1.) Transparency
    2.) Privacy
    3.) Online expression

    https://medium.com/@AjitPaiFCC/what-i-hope-to-learn-from-the-tech-giants-6f35ce69dcd9

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The guy who threatened Mr Pai just plead guilty. He sent emails to Ajit threatening to kill Mr Pai’s children, and included the addresses of the child care facilities. He said to the judge that he realized in hindsight that “he crossed over the line”. That is not even really an acknowledgement of wrong doing or remorse.

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    So Countess inquired what kind of man would do this?

    The only details I could find were he is 33 and lives in Norwalk California. Every story has a picture of Mr Pai, but no picture of Mister Man. That means one of two things (or both).

    A people finder web site found his name in the right place at the right age with no real clue – other than he is connected with a person named Tulinagwe Man. Sound African? You betcha. Probably Madagascar…

    That Country is only 3% Muslim, so probably his spiritual guide was Maxine Warrrs.

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