FCC to Demo Political File Database July 17


The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday it would demo its online political file database for the public on July 17.

According to the commission, the demo will be at 10 a.m. at the commission meeting room. It will also be streamed.

"The demonstration will inform broadcasters and others of the design and content of the online file, how stations will upload information to the file, how file sharing tools like Dropbox and Box can be used for uploading, and other ways in which the FCC is working to facilitate access to its public databases," the commission said in a statement.

The top four network affiliates in the biggest 50 markets have to start sending the FCC political file information, including spot prices, August 2. Other stations won't have to until two years later, and after the FCC has sought comment a year into the process on its impact on those top-market stations.

The National Association of Broadcasters have sued the FCC over its decision to require online political files be sent to the commission for posting online and this week asked the FCC to delay that Aug. 2 deadline until the court weighs in. Separately, TV groups have asked the FCC to reconsider its decision, offering an alternative of providing aggregate prices, rather than the individual prices they say put them at a competitive disadvantage to cable and satellite operators not required to post their political files online.