NAB Asks Court to Hold Off on Challenge to FCC Political File Rule
Says it makes sense to give FCC time to consider petition for reconsideration conduct planned review
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/19/2013 2:04:37 AM
In a motion filed with the court on Friday to hold the case in abeyance, which NAB says the FCC does not oppose, the association says it makes more sense for the court to wait until the FCC either rules on a petition for reconsideration filed by broadcast groups, or for the FCC's one-year review of the rule -- which must begin no later than July 1, 2013 -- that the FCC promised when it voted in August to require broadcasters to upload political files to an FCC-administered database.
The station group petition suggested that the FCC modify the rule by requiring only that broadcasters supply aggregate figures, rather than breakouts of specific pricing information, which they argue could give their cable and other competitors an unfair advantage.
Back in September, the court agreed to an NAB request to defer the due date of its opening brief from October to February to provide the FCC and NAB time to evaluate the rule during the campaign season.
The rule currently applies to affiliates of the top four networks in the top 50 markets, but will eventually extend to all TV stations.
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