Important Dates for Filers

Broadcast Stations

All television stations have now transitioned their public and political file material to the online file.

In addition, commercial radio stations in the top 50 radio markets as defined by Nielsen audio (formerly Arbitron) that have 5 or more full-time employees should now also have fully transitioned their public and political files to the online public file. Unless granted an extension by the Commission, all other radio stations had until March 1, 2018, to begin uploading new public and political file material to the Commission's online file. On that date, these stations were required to begin uploading new public and political files to the online public file on a going-forward basis. In addition, on that date these stations were required to have completed uploading their existing public file material to the online public file, with the exception of the existing political file which stations are permitted, but not required, to upload to the online public file. Existing political file material not uploaded to the Commission's online file must continue to be retained in the station's local public file until the end of the two-year retention period.


Sign In to Manage Public Inspection Files

To obtain passcodes for TV, FM and AM facilities, please login to the Owner Dashboard using your CORES FRN and password combination. To obtain passcodes for cable system PSIDs, please login to the Owner Dashboard using your COALS ID and password combination. SDARS and DBS facilities can login using their CORES FRN and Password on Entity Login page.


Cable systems

Cable systems with 5,000 or more subscribers should now have fully transitioned their public and political file material to the online file. Cable systems with between 1,000 and 5,000 subscribers may still retain some political file material locally until March 1, 2020. Cable systems with fewer than 1,000 subscribers are exempt from all online file requirements.

Cable systems with between 1,000 and 5,000 subscribers were required to begin placing new public inspection file materials in the online file on June 24, 2016, but were not required to place new political file material in the Commission's online file until March 1, 2018. These systems must retain any existing political files (those in existence prior to the date the system commenced uploading new political file documents to the online public file) for the period required under the FCC's rules. Systems are permitted to upload existing political file documents to the online file but are not required to do so.


DBS and SDARS

DBS providers and SDARS licensees should now have fully transitioned their public and political file material to the online file.