It’s ABIP Time

It’s ABIP Time

The VAB, in cooperation with the FCC, has established the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) to help stations ensure they are in compliance with FCC regulations. 

Under this program, a station that is inspected by a VAB technical inspector, and certified to be in compliance with the FCC’s technical rules, is exempt from routine inspections by the FCC Field Office for three years.


Certificate of Compliance Benefits:

    – Scheduling at your convenience

    – Exemption from routine FCC Field Office inspections for three years

     – Ensuring compliance with FCC regulations

     – Raising awareness among station personnel of technical rules


How an ABIP Inspection Works:

The VAB’s ABIP inspector, Robert Shotwell, is approved by the FCC to conduct inspections. These inspections are typically based upon the applicable FCC Broadcast Station Self-Inspection Checklist.

When the station is in compliance, the VAB will send a Certificate of Compliance to the station and to the FCC Field Office in Quincy, Massachusetts.

As a member benefit, the VAB subsidizes the ABIP program, saving every stations hundreds of dollars.  

The ABIP inspection costs $500, but the VAB will pay $400 towards the inspection.

Send your completed station agreement and payment to:

VAB, 500A Dalton Drive, Colchester, VT 05446.

The ABIP program is conducted every three years, and 2015 is an ABIP year. The next ABIP year for Vermont stations will be 2018.   

Download the ABIP station agreement here.