FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule

The Federal Communications Commission has eliminated the broadcast main studio rule. The rule required stations to maintain a local or toll-free telephone number to ensure consumers have ready access to their local stations and required each AM radio, FM radio, and television broadcast station to have a main studio located in or near its local community.  Elimination of the main studio rule should produce substantial cost-saving benefits for broadcasters that can be directed towards other services that benefit consumers.It will also make it easier for broadcasters to prevent stations in small towns from going dark and to launch new stations in rural areas.


Press Release [260 KB PDF]
Report and Order [298 KB PDF]