Receive Immunity From FCC Routine Random Inspections
Stations that apply for an inspection through the OAB ABIP program can receive immunity from FCC routine random inspections during a “grace period,” which is defined as the 150-day period beginning on the date the OAB receives payment for the inspection. Upon certification of successful completion of the ABIP inspection, stations receive three years of immunity from FCC routine random inspections.
In order to receive immunity during the 150-day grace period, the station must authorize the OAB to notify the FCC that it has applied for the inspection.
The station will have 150 days to successfully complete the inspection. If the station has not successfully passed the inspection within the 150-day grace period, the station is not immune from an official FCC inspection.
If the station does not wish to have the OAB notify the FCC of its application, the station will not have immunity until it has completed the inspection and received a certificate of compliance, at which time the three-year limited immunity period will begin.