Every three years the VAB, in cooperation with the FCC, urges stations to enroll in 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 is exempt from routine inspections by the FCC Field Office for three years.
The program costs $500 per inspection, but the VAB will pay the first $450 for stations that get all of the necessary paperwork in by July 1, 2018. The VAB will contribute $400 for those stations that enroll later than July 1.
“This is probably the single greatest VAB member station benefit,” said VAB Executive Director Jim Condon.
The VAB’s ABIP inspector, Robert Shotwell, is approved by the FCC to conduct inspections. Shotwell will work with stations to schedule the ABIP inspection at a convenient time. Stations will be notified of any detected violations and given a reasonable period of time to correct violations. A re-inspection may be conducted if necessary. When the station is in compliance, the VAB will send a Certificate of Compliance to the station and a copy to the FCC Field Office. Click here to download the 2018 ABIP Station Agreement.
Click here to pay your ABIP fees on line. Or, send a check for full amount due to:
VAB, 4 Carmichael Street, 111-106, Essex Junction, VT 05452