The first Open Commission Meeting to be led by new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m.
On the agenda for discussion by the three-member Commission is one single item that has a big impact on radio and television broadcasters.
This would be “MB Docket No. 16-161,” which seeks the consideration of a Report and Order that would eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain copies of letters and e-mails from the public in their public inspection file.
The “Revisions to Public Inspection File Requirements – Broadcaster Correspondence File and Cable Principal Headend Location” would also end the requirement that cable operators retain the location of the cable system’s principal headend in their public inspection file.
At the same time, several consent agenda items will be presented.
Among the items to be reviewed under consent agenda is an Order on Reconsideration concerning the dismissal of licensee Kingdom of God Inc.’s Application for Review seeking reinstatement of the license of DWKOG-LP, a low-power noncomm in Indianapolis.
Also under consent agenda is a Memorandum Opinion and Order concerning the dismissal of the applicant’s application for a new analog television station in Portland, Ore., from Television Capital Corp. of Portland.
When the DTV transition took place in June 2009, there were still a handful of proceedings in the works in which applicants were seeking either new analog television stations or modifications to existing facilities. The FCC pulled the plug on them, and among the applicants was the Rose City company.