In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) released on May 25, 2016, the FCC is proposing changes to the expanded cable online public file rules it adopted on January 28, 2016. The NPRM seeks comments on the FCC’s proposal to eliminate the requirement that cable operators maintain for public inspection the designation and location of a cable system’s principle headend. If adopted, elimination of this requirement will (i) obviate cable operator security concerns with posting such information online, (ii) enable cable operators to make their entire public inspection file available online, and (iii) eliminate the need to maintain a local public file. The FCC also is seeking comments regarding other methods for collecting and making principle headend information available to the FCC, broadcasters, and local franchising authorities.
Comments and Reply Comments will be due 30 and 60 days, respectively, after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.
UPDATE – June 22, 2016: The NPRM was published in today’s Federal Register; therefore, comments and reply comments are due July 22, 2016 and August 22, 2016, respectively.