Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

NYS inspection rules and the easiest way to comply with FCC rules

About ABIP

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) routinely inspects radio and television stations for a variety of technical issues.  The New York State Broadcasters Association’s (NYSBA) Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) is an official inspection program authorized by the FCC.  Stations that pass the NYSBA’s ABIP program receive a 3-year exemption from the routine FCC technical inspections.

Hundreds of stations have used our ABIP program over the years avoiding costly and time-consuming FCC inspections. These stations recognized the benefits of having a NYSBA contracted engineer inspect the station.  If problems are found, stations can correct any potential problems. It saves the station time and money.

You do not have to be a member NYSBA to use the ABIP inspection program.  However, the prices for non-members are higher.

NYSBA uses only top quality engineers to conduct these inspections.  The inspection will be guided by the FCC’s most recent self- inspection check list:

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The Process

1.  Simply complete both the contract and payment terms, sign them, and send  along with payment in full, to Mary Anne Jacon in our office:

Mary Anne Jacon
ABIP Program
New York State Broadcasters Association
1805 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

Note: We will not schedule an inspection appointment until payment is received in full. 

2.  Once we receive the contract and full payment, our inspector will set up a date with you to conduct the inspection.  Generally, we will be able to inspect your station within 150 days of the contract date, so plan ahead.

3.  NYSBA contracted engineers will review stations for compliance on most FCC regulations.  However, they will not review a stations compliance with EEO regulations or the contents of the station’s political file.

4.  Participating stations will receive a report.  A copy of the report will be sent to NYSBA.  Importantly, the report remains confidential and will not be sent to the FCC. 

  • If there are no deficiencies, NYSBA will issue a Certificate of Compliance.  A copy of the certificate will be sent to the FCC.
  • If the report finds deficiencies, the stations must correct them before a Certificate of Compliance can be issued.  If a re-inspection is necessary, it can be done but at an additional cost to the station (see rate card above).

5.  No cancellations. If a station cancels an ABIP inspection after it has been assigned an inspection date, it will forfeit the entire fee.  A station may reapply for another inspection for a later date, but a new application and fee payment will be required.

6.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Anne Jacon at (518) 456-8888 or