FCC Proposal Would Lift Veil Over Cable Political Ads
The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would increase transparency for cable TV political ads; some information is currently private.By Jake Godin | February 17, 2015
This is a political attack ad from last year. Thanks to rules set by the Federal Communications Commission in 2012, anyone can go online and see who paid how much to air this — with one catch:
Right now, that detailed information is limited to local broadcast stations and not cable stations, such as CNN, Comedy Central or ESPN. But the FCC wants to change that.
Last week, the FCC proposed a requirement that cable operators, satellite TV providers and broadcast radio stations upload detailed ad information to the FCC's website. That means if you see another ad like this: