Clemons wants to go on legally
Mon Apr 21 02:01:38 EDT 2014

The FCC DOES enforce it... but let's define it first......
The FCC doesn't have any rules about HOW MUCH 'public service/interest'  
programming a station does. The rules just say the station must document what  
they do, and place documentation of such programming in the station's 
public  file.
Therefore, a station which only does 10 minutes (example) of public affairs 
 programming a week, and documents it, is fully compliant with the  rules.  
 A station that does 10 hours (example) a week of public  affairs 
programming per week and doesn't document it, that station is not  compliant to the 
The station that does only 10 minutes a week, as I mentioned, is fully  
compliant.  However, come license-renewal time, if anyone files a "Petition  To 
Deny" for non-renewal of the license based on little public service, they  
might have a good case, because then the 10-minute station would have to 
submit  to the FCC what they do, in defense of that Petition. And 10 minutes a 
week  looks quite weak.
----Bob Bittner
In a message dated 4/20/2014 12:42:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

But why  is nobody discussing the bigger issue-- 
the fact that the FCC has not  enforced the "public interest" rule for 
years?  I have long despaired  about why giant conglomerates are allowed 
to simulcast and voice-track in  city after city, and provide just about 
NO live and local content to their  individual communities.

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