Helping stations stay in compliance with complex regulatory rules and regulations is one of the NMBA’s top priorities.
Working with our legal counsels, the NMBA has developed resources to help stations navigate through these sometimes confusing waters.
The Federal Communications Commission conducts unscheduled inspections of broadcast facilities, both randomly and when they have a reason to believe a problem exists. Under the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP), the NMBA will dispatch an ABIP inspector to perform a complete FCC-like inspection of your station to ensure that it is in compliance with the Commission rules. Upon compliance, your station can avoid those random FCC inspections for 3 years.
Basically, the program works as follows:
- Contact with the NMBA by completing and signing an agreement for an inspection and paying the appropriate fee.
- Upon the execution of the contract, the NMBA will notify the FCC that an inspection is pending. For a period of 150 days from the date of the agreement you will not be subject to a random inspection.
- At a time convenient for both you and the inspector, your station will be inspected following a specific, FCC prepared checklist. This checklist may be found on the FCC web site.
- The inspection will take four to six hours depending on the complexity of your operation - Stand-alone FM, Directional AM or Television Station. Any areas found not in compliance will be brought to your attention at the time of inspection.
- Shortly after the inspection, your will receive a complete and confidential report detailing our findings, including violations and advisories, if any, and the forfeiture amount that may have been levied had it been an FCC inspection.
If your station is in compliance, a Certificate of Compliance will be issued and you will be exempt from random FCC inspections for three years from the date you requested the inspection. Please note, there are certain exceptions such as targeted inspections for safety matters related to towers, inspections responsive to a complaint, and some EEO and Political File matters.
If your station was found not to be in compliance, you will need to make the necessary corrections and provide the inspector with proof of correction and compliance. In some instances, a re-inspection may be required. Once everything is as it should be, you will be issued a certificate of compliance.
For more information on the ABIP program, contact the NMBA today!
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is designed to provide fast and efficient dissemination of important information during times of emergency or crisis. While local EAS messages originate from state authorities such as the Office of the Governor, the Department of Public Safety or Homeland Security, broadcasters across the state are dedicated to getting that information to our communities as quickly and reliably as possible.
Here are some helpful links...
- New Mexico EAS State Plan
Each state has an action plan for the broadcast and cable industry in the use of the Emergency Alert System, both voluntarily and in the event of a national alert from the President of the United States. This EAS plan is an FCC-mandated document.
- Station Monitoring Assignments
Our stations voluntarily monitor the EAS system to bring important news and alerts to their communities.
- EAS Operating Handbook (2017)
- NMDPS Missing Persons Reference Manual
Under NM state law, the NM Department of Public Safety provides for the administration of information regarding missing and endangered individuals. When an alert is necessary, the information is disseminated through the mechanics of the EAS system.
- NASBA's EASAlert.org
The National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations' website that helps to coordinate all 50 states' engineers and EAS stakeholders to create a seamless system.
Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program can provide your stations with a complete FCC-type inspection of your station to ensure that it is in compliance with the Commission rules.
Rules and regulations regarding applicability of state gross receipts tax, rules governing political candidates and issues, including the lowest unit charge (LUC)
- Contest and On-Air Rules
General information regarding your on-air presence. See also FCC and Enforcement Issues
Emergency Alert System procedures, equipment, problems, solutions
Questions and answers regarding Equal Employment Opportunity
- FCC and Enforcement Issues
Including recent FCC activity monitors, indecency enforcement, causes for revocation of license, fines and forfeiture, etc.
- General Terms and Definitions
General terms and definitions provided by NMBA attorneys
- Licensing and Renewal
New station ownership, renewal questions
- Public File
Includes everything that should be in a station's public file for inspection
- Spectrum Issues
From allocation to the spectrum auction, here's everything you want to know about the broadcast spectrum.
- Station Ownership
Including general information on AM and FM allotments, anti-trust issues, construction, assignment of license, cross-ownership, silent station requirements, tower registration, etc.