Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program
The ABA has a unique partnership with the FCC that allows us to train TV and radio station staffs on FCC rules, have an ABA inspector audit all practices, and when passed, give stations a 3-year moratorium on most FCC inspections.
We call this service the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP). The program offers protection from routine inspections/fines, but not from the FCC responding to a complaint or other red flag situation.
The ABA covers a majority of the costs associated with conducting these inspections and trainings, but does ask stations to pay nominal commitment fees.
Once a station passes inspection, they receive an ABIP certificate, which last for lasts for three years. Should an FCC inspector come to your station for a routine inspection, they will see your certificate and should leave your station. ABIP is far and away the most popular ABA benefit.