It looks like, barring some unanticipated last-minute development, the FCC’s online public file rule for TV stations will take effect on August 2, 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has denied the NAB’s effort to get that effective date stayed.
The court’s order – totaling two sentences (not including a citation to a couple of case precedents) – is short and to the point. The NAB’s petition was denied because the NAB had not, in the court’s view, “satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review.”
With the court’s action, we can probably look forward to a public notice from the FCC very soon, describing the process for uploading materials to the online public file system the Commission has developed. Check back here for updates.