The Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) maintains a contract with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to offer the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) to its members. The ABIP is a nationwide program designed to assist stations in conducting FCC station inspections at a reduced rate. Inspections are performed by an FCC-licensed inspector and former FCC field technician holding an agreement with the MAB to conduct such inspections. Stations entering into an agreement with the MAB agree to have their station inspected within a period of 150 days from the signed date of the ABIP contract between the MAB and the station operator. Once a station is found in compliance with all FCC regulations, the FCC will not conduct an inspection, investigation, or audit of the station for a period of 3 years from the date of the Certificate of Compliance issued to the station by the MAB; however, notwithstanding the following:
- “Targeted Tower Safety Inspection” (relative to tower safety issues and limited to the antenna site)
- “Complaint Driven Inspection” (any complaint initiated against a station)
- Political broadcasting or EEO materials required to be in the station’s public inspection file.
Through ABIP inspections, Mississippi radio and television stations have avoided thousands of dollars in potential FCC fines. It pays to get inspected! For a copy of the ABIP agreement, please click here. All questions about the program may be directed to Amanda Fontaine at 601-957-9121 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to go to the FCC’s AM/FM/TV Self-Inspection Checklist.