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Can you provide information about working with the FCC?

Yes! IBS is your VOICE at the FCC for college radio and high school radio! IBS member-stations can get help from the IBS World Headquarters Staff. They have all the information you will need.

A quick reminder:

Important FCC Links

For your convenience IBS provides the following links to FCC information:

FCC Licence Renewal Dates

License renewal dates can be found on the FCC web site here.

Station license renewal can be very involved, especially if you've never done it before. If you are an IBS member-station, you can get help from the IBS World Headquarters Staff. They have all the information you will need.


FCC Rules


FCC Rules and Regulations - Did you know...?

FCC Rules (47 CFR 73)
Some of the more routine rules and regulations you should know about:

    • Subpart C -- Noncommercial Educational FM Broadcast Stations
      Beginning with section 73.501
    • Subpart H -- Rules Applicable to All Broadcast Stations
      Beginning with section 73.1001
    • For information on your public file requirements see:
      Section 73.3527


One of the requirements for your Public File is to have a copy of "The Public and Broadcasting" - a booklet last published in June, 1999.

Purchasing a Copy of the Latest FCC Rules

How can you be sure your station is in compliance with the FCC rules and regulations if you don't have an updated copy? The main publication you'll need is called "Code of Federal Regulations Title 47, Parts 70-79".

To order online:

  1. Go to:
  2. In the Search box, type in CFR 47, Parts 70-79, then click Submit. You should then see the latest version available.

Their site will walk you through the rest of the purchasing procedure.

You can also order by phone at:

DC Metro Area: 202- 512-1800
Toll-Free: 866- 512-1800
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST

or by mail at:

Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-954

Many, college, school and local libraries also carry the complete set of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). They're often found in the reference section. While they usually won't let you take it out, you can usually photocopy needed passages and/or use these publications within the library.