Confusion Created as FCC Leaves “Demo” Public File Website Open

As we noted in the previous story, the FCC’s public file system has been taken off line during the government shutdown.  Nonetheless a number of stations have been uploading materials on to an FCC website they believe is the actual portal for uploading documents.  The website link documents, but you cannot search.

If you look at the link carefully, however, it is has the word “demo” in the link address.   This is not the correct email link for your station’s on-line public file.  Rather it was a demonstration website for stations to use when the on-line system was first opened.   It was designed for stations to learn how to upload documents without affecting the actual on-line public file system. The real public file system remains closed until the government re-opens.

The FCC has just shut down the “demo link”.  If you have uploaded files onto this “demo” website, it is not clear whether the FCC will accept the filing.  You may have to re-file once the FCC opens.  The FCC is deciding this right now. Stay tuned.

A thank you to Scott Flick, partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who has written an excellent memo on the subject. To see the memo click HERE.


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