Broadcasters Have Trouble Accessing Online FCC Event on Easing Online Access

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According to various sources, a number of interested broadcasters who logged into the Federal Communications Commission's live stream of its online political file posting web tool walk-through Tuesday were met with delayed or frozen video and difficult-to-follow visual aids.

The commission is requiring about 200 top-market stations to start posting the public files, which notably includes political files, starting Aug. 2 -- while the rest of the stations have a couple more years--and broadcasters are concerned that those online streaming issues did not bode well for ease of online access to the FCC generally.

One TV station general manager who tried to log into the FCC's stream of the event said they were met with stuttering video and audio and a screen -- the FCC was projecting a we site on a screen at the front of the room -- that was too small to read.

An FCC spokesman was still looking into the issue at press time, but website guru Greg Elin responded to a similar complaint about readability during the seminar by saying that there would be shorter, how-to videos available and the stream was being recorded and would be posted online. He also said during the event that, in terms of broadcaster access to the FCC site, TV stations would on a separate track from any surge in public traffic site to view the postings.

"We did get calls this morning from broadcasters commenting about the problems they had accessing the FCC website for the online political file webinar," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. "There are obviously some major challenges going forward with this initiative, as was in evidence this morning."

Multichannel News also had issues with delay and jitter and timing out of the video early in the process.

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