FCC To Allow In-Person Office Visits

FCC's 2020 seal
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The Federal Communications Commission is opening up its new headquarters and satellite offices to visitors — including Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Columbia, Maryland — for the first time since the pandemic forced work to be done from home, then without in-person visits.

Lobbyists, for example, have had to press the flesh virtually via phone calls and online meetings.

The FCC also said it plans to allow the press and public into its July monthly meeting, also a first since the pandemic forced those meetings to be held virtually.

The regulator said Wednesday (June 8) that visitors must have a scheduled meeting, go through its security screening process and be escorted by the relevant staffer(s).

In addition, all visitors are asked to self-assess for possible COVID-19 symptoms within the 48 hours prior to their visit. If the FCC facility is in an area with medium or high community COVID-19 levels, visitors must also either show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. In areas with high levels, they must also wear a mask. ■

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.