The FCC Announces Major Changes to the Broadcast Local Public Notice Rule

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On May 13, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released a Report and Order (“Order”) announcing major changes to the local public notice obligations for broadcast applications.  The Order eliminates the obligation to publish a public notice of certain broadcast applications in newspapers.  Instead, applicants must now publish such notices online with links to the FCC’s Online Public Inspection File (“OPIF”) or application databases.  The FCC, however, preserved the over-the-air public notice requirements for some broadcast applications – albeit with some significant changes.

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