Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program
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The Federal Communications Commission conducts unscheduled inspections of broadcast
facilities, both randomly and when they have a reason to believe a problem exists.
Put your station under the microscope and avoid FCC inspections for 3 years
by participating in an "Alternative Broadcast Inspection".
Under the alternative broadcast inspection program, your state broadcasters association
will dispatch an ABIP inspector to perform a complete FCC-type inspection of your
station to ensure that it is in compliance with the Commission rules.
In most instances you do not have to be a member of the association.
However, it is the association which makes arrangements for the inspections and frequently
helps to defray the cost of the inspection, thus, a non-member may be charged a higher rate.
Check with your state association for specifics.
Basically the program works as follows:
This overview is not intended to be an exhaustive review of the ABIP program. And there are
some small state-to-state differences. Please check with your particular state broadcasters
association for specifics. If we can answer any questions, feel free to call or email us.
- You arrange for an inspection with your state broadcasters association by completing
and signing an agreement for an inspection and paying the appropriate fee.
- Upon your request, the state agency will notify the FCC that an inspection is pending.
For a period of 150 days from the date of the agreement you will not
be subject to a random inspection.
- At a time convenient for both you and the inspector, your station will be inspected
following a specific, FCC prepared checklist.
- The inspection will take two to five hours depending on the complexity of your
operation - Stand-alone FM, Directional AM or Television Station. Any areas found not
in compliance will be discussed with you, your chief operator, and/or technical staff
at the time of inspection.
- Shortly after the inspection, your will receive a complete and confidential
report detailing our findings, including violations and advisories, if any, and the forfeiture
amount that may have been levied had it been an FCC inspection.
- If your station is in compliance, a Certificate of Compliance will be issued and you will
be exempt from random FCC inspections for three years from the date you requested the inspection.
Please note, there are certain exceptions such as targeted inspections for safety matters related
to towers, inspections responsive to a complaint, and some EEO and Political File matters.
- If your station was found not to be in compliance, you will be given a certain amount of
time to make the necessary corrections and provide the inspector with proof of correction and compliance.
In some rare instances, a re-inspection may be required. Once everything is as it should be, you
will be issued a certificate of compliance.