By Andrew Feinberg - 04/06/12 01:24 PM EDT
Stations are already required to place this information in "public inspection files" that anyone can review in person. But the FCC rule change would require the information to be submitted online.
The senators, including frequent FCC critic Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tea Party favorites Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), call the requirement to post the data online "excessive and unnecessary" when it is already available to anyone making an appointment. Citing "heavy compliance costs," they ask Genachowski to reconsider the proposal.
The FCC had not yet responded to The Hill's request for comment.