Communications Act Certification Requirements for Community Service Grant Recipients

Public broadcasting stations receiving a Community Service Grant (CSG) from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) must certify annually to CPB that they comply with the requirements of the Communications Act of 1932, 47 U.S.C. §396, et seq., as amended (Communications Act or Act), as a condition of accepting a CSG. This document explains the requirements and provides suggestions for documenting a station's compliance with these requirements1. It does not supersede other provisions of the Act, other grant terms, or other laws and regulations applicable to grantees. CSG recipients should consult their legal counsel for guidance in complying with specific provisions of the Act. This document highlights important provisions of the Act, but it does not constitute legal advice to stations on their compliance.

1 This document replaces the previous “Certification Requirements for Station Grants Recipients,” issued in 2004.

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