MB E-Filing Site
These FCC/MB forms MUST be electronically filed:
FCC Forms 301, 301-CA, 302-CA, 302-FM, 302-DTV, 302-TV, 303-S, 314,
315, 316, 318, 319, 323, 323-E, 337, 340, 346, 347, 349,
EEO Forms 395-A and 395-B have been suspended by
Commission Order FCC 01-34.
CDBS Users Guide or call (202)-418-2662
CDBS System Status
Call Sign Reservations & Authorizations
station call signs
Antenna Structure Registration via ULS
Easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources
Radio Information from Outside the Audio Division
This document contains radio-broadcasting-related information
available from a variety of sources outside the Audio Division, both
from within the FCC and outside of it. This page is not intended to be exhaustive.
Links Within the FCC
About the FCC
Broadcast Auxiliary Facilities, including
Studio-to-Transmitter Links (STL) and Remote Pickup Units (RPU),
are handled by the Commission's Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau's Microwave
Branch in Gettysburg, PA.
Cable Retransmission of Radio Broadcast Stations
-- A short paragraph on this subject is located under the heading
"Radio Programming". See also the text
Release dated February 22, 1994 and the Fact Sheet Carriage of Broadcast
Contests, Licensee Conducted
Coverage Maps and Statements About Coverage from Stations -- Policy
Statement, FCC 83-339 94 FCC 2d 619 (1983).
as compiled by the FCC's Office of General
Digital Audio Radio by Satellite (DARS):
International Bureau Grants Satellite Digitial Audio Radio
Authorization to Satellite CD Radio, Inc.. News Release, Report No. IN 97-31,
released October 10, 1997.
Digital Television is administered by the Media Bureau's Video
Opportunity (EEO) information, from the Media Bureau's
[ Telephone: (202) - 418 - 1450.]
Emergency Alert System (EAS) is administered by
the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
Ex Parte Rules,
from the FCC's Office of General Counsel
Fortran CGI Examples -- COLORIT,
and Doppler Shift.
Free Speech vs. Right to Broadcast. Not a court case, but an explanation.
Internet Broadcasts or "Webcasting" --
The FCC does not regulate "broadcast" stations established solely on the
Internet or World Wide Web. No authorization is needed to start a "radio"
station on the Internet.
Minority Ownership -- The FCC does not keep
records on the number of stations or a list of which broadcast
stations are minority owned or operated, or of broadcast formats of interest
Obscene or Indecent Broadcasts
Media Bureau's Home
"Industry Guidance on the Commission's Case Law
Interpreting 18 U.S.C. § 1464 and Enforcement Policies Regarding
Broadcast Indecency", Policy Statement, FCC 01-90, released
April 6, 2001. [ PDF | Word | Text ].
15 Devices, which include some very low power devices which
do not require a license to operate in the AM and FM broadcast bands,
are administered by the FCC's Office of
Engineering and Technology. See also OET Bulletin No. 63, "Understanding the FCC Regulations for Low Power,
Personal Radio Services, which include Citizens Band (CB), Radio
Control, and General Mobile Radio Service, are administered by the Wireless Telecommunications
Policy Division of
the Media Bureau
Programming questions are handled by the Media
Bureau's Policy Division
Programming Formats -- The FCC does not keep records on what format of
programming is aired on radio broadcast stations, nor records about
specific programs. (See "Entertainment Formats", 60 FCC 2d 858, for an explanation of
this policy (scanned document)). There are commercial ratings services
that compile this information.
Radio Operators' Licenses
are issued by the Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau. However, DJs and other persons operating a licensed broadcast
station are no longer required to have an operator's license.
(Report and Order, MM Docket 94-130, 10 FCC Rcd 11479 (1995)
[ PDF | Word ].) The broadcast
licensee continues to be responsible for proper operation of the station.
Radiofrequency (RF or RFR)
Exposure Safety Information is the responsibility of the
Office of Engineering and
OET Bulletin No.
56, "Questions and Answers About the Biological Effects and Potential
Hazards of Radiofrequency Radiation"
- OET Bulletin No.
65, "Evaluating Compliance With FCC-Specified Guidelines for Human
Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation". Updated as of August 1997.
- "Guidelines for Evaluating the Environmental
Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation", Second Memorandum Opinion and Order
and NPRM, ET Docket 92-62, FCC 97-303, released August 25, 1997
[ PDF ].
Model computer software from OET, used to predict the
downward radiation from FM antennas
- NSMA Antenna
Pattern Plotter contains digitized antenna patterns for some FM and
Radio Tools -- A small
popup screen allows quick access to programs and
Ratings Distortions by Stations -- Policy Statement. FCC 83-339, 94 FCC 2d
Radio Reading Services for the blind or the visually
impaired are not regulated by the Commission. These services are typically
transmitted on an FM
subcarrier. This Policy Statement from the Commission covers reimbursement of
expenses to FM noncommercial educational stations from Radio Reading Services
for use of the subcarrier.
Reference Coordinates for U.S.A. Communities
Religious Broadcasting -- The FCC cannot prevent or exclude religious
broadcasting or religious organizations' ownership of radio stations.
A petition requesting the FCC to do so was denied in 1975 (54 FCC 2d 941).
Excerpts from that proceeding are located here.
Broadcasting, International Broadcasting, or High Frequency
Broadcasting in the USA is administered by the Commission's
Information, from the Office of
Engineering and Technology.
Travellers Information Stations (TIS), which broadcast on
the AM band, are handled by the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau. These stations
are sometimes referred to as
Highway Advisory Radio stations.
Tunnel Radio Systems
are administered by the FCC's Office of
Engineering and Technology. See also 47 CFR Section 15.211.
Technical information about individual TV stations (such as
effective radiated power, coordinates)
Telephone Conversations, Broadcast of (47 CFR 73.1206)
Television application processing is handled by the Video Division.
Links to Sites Outside the FCC --
The following sites may be useful to the reader. Neither the Audio Division
nor the FCC is responsible for the content at these sites, nor does the
FCC recommend or endorse any product
or service which may be accessible from these or other
Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).
Department of the
Federal Aviation Administration
FirstGov -- Search tool allows access to most federal government
Government Printing Office
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) --
Department of Commerce
PTFP / Public Telecommunications Facilities Program. "PTFP is a
competitive grant program to help public broadcasting stations, state
and local governments, Indian Tribes and nonprofit organizations construct
facilities to bring educational and cultural programs to the American
Public using broadcasting and nonbroadcasting telecommunications
technologies." This program is administered by NTIA -- NOT the FCC -- and all inquiries must be referred to NTIA.
States Code (U.S.C.) as compiled by Cornell University
U.S. Coast Guard Navigation
U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Postal Service Zip Code Lookup and Address Information
Stations -- National Listing contains weather station frequencies
and station locations nationwide.
Wireless Cable usually refers to the
Broadband Radio Service (formerly the Multipoint
Distribution Service). It is administered by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.