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CDBS FRN Manager

CDBS FRN Manager
User's Guide

The major topics in the help file are:

Introduction

The Media Bureau (MB) CDBS Electronic Filing System provides the public with the ability to fill out MB forms on-line via the World Wide Web and to file them electronically with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Each person seeking to file an electronic form should have a valid FCC Registration Number (FRN) from the CORES system. CORES is an FCC registration system for entities filing applications or making payments with the Commission. Since December 3, 2001, the CORES FCC Registration Number (FRN) has been required for all applications submitted using Commission filing systems. The FRN is a unique 10 digit FCC Registration Number (FRN) which can be obtained both on-line and manually. See the CORES Home Page for more information. To file a form for a facility using a FRN, CDBS requires that this FRN already be associated with the facility. CDBS also performs validity checks on the FRN and password.

The CDBS FRN Manager lets a user associate an existing FRN with a facility and/or invalidates all the FRN(s) already associated with a facility. You will need the FRN and its password to use FRN Manager. The FRN password is the one you had provided while registering and applying for FRN using CORES or your last updated password in CORES.

The FRN Manager has two pages:

  1. The Login page
  2. The Add FRN page

The first page is the Login page that authenticates a user by asking for an FRN and password. Once successfully logged in, the system presents the Add New FRN page which can be used to associate a new FRN with a facility. You can use the CDBS Public Access Station Search web page to retrieve information about the FRN history of a facility or the "View FRN History of Facility" link on Add New FRN page.

Example Usage

The FRN Manager will be used during the process of selling/buying a facility. When the owner of a station files an Assignment of License or Transfer of Control form, their FRN will be associated with the facility. After the form is granted by the FCC and after the sale has taken place, the seller should file a Consummation Notice using CDBS. Afterward, the seller no longer needs to file any forms related to the station, so he/she should remove their FRN from the facility's associated FRN's and add the FRN of the buyer. This can be done easily by:

  1. The seller should open the FRN Manager Login page,
  2. On the resulting Add FRN page,
  3. You should get a "success" message.
  4. Use the View FRN History link on the right side of the page to open CDBS Public Access to verify that now, only the FRN of the buyer is a valid, active FRN for the facility.

Using FRN Manager

Browser Interface

The system has been designed to work with any browser that supports HTML tables (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and Mozilla Firefox). In addition, JavaScript is used to check data values and to perform the button operations. Therefore, JavaScript must be turned on in your browser in order to use the system.

Note that the system creates session Cookies on the user's computer to remember that the password was successfully entered. You must accept Cookies (for the FCC web site) so that later FRN Manager security functions can confirm that the password was successfully verified for the current browser session. The Cookies expire (and are deleted) when the browser is closed. However, if there has been two hours with no activity (no FRN Manager operations), any subsequent operation attempt will generate an Expired Session error message/web page. From there, you will be directed to return to the login page and login again.

Login Page

This page is used to login to the FRN Manager using an FRN and password. This page also requires that you enter a Facility ID that you intend to associate additional FRN(s) on the next page. To login, enter the following values and click on Login button.

  1. Facility ID Number: Facility ID is a 1-6 digits number. This facility ID should already be associated with the FRN you are using to login.
  2. FRN: Although the FRN is a 10 digit number, leading zeroes (if any) must be entered. For example, an FRN "0001-2345-67" should be entered with leading zeroes and without the dashes as 0001234567 and not as 1234567.
  3. Password: The Password is case sensitive and should be entered exactly.

If an error occurs or the information entered is not valid, the system will redisplay the login page with the error message. See Appendix A for an explanation of the error messages. On successful login, you will be presented with the “Add New FRN” page.

Add New FRN Page

This page is where you enter an additional FRN and associate it with the facility. This page has two buttons.

  1. The “Add FRN” button will process the FRN and associate it with the facility.
  2. The “Clear” button will clear all data in the Facility ID Number and FRN fields.

To associate an FRN with a facility, enter the following data and click on “Add FRN” button.

  1. Facility ID Number: Facility ID is a 1-6 digits number. Initially this field has the facility ID Number which you had entered in login screen. You can change the Facility ID Number as long as it also has association specifying FRN you have used to login to CDBS FRN Manager.
  2. New FRN: The FRN you want to associate with the Facility ID Number. Although the FRN is a 10 digit number, leading zeroes (if any) must be entered. For example, an FRN "0001-2345-67" should be entered with leading zeroes and without the dashes as 0001234567 and not as 1234567.
  3. Invalidate all existing FRN(s) Yes/No: Default value is “No”. If you choose “Yes”, the FRN Manager will invalidate all the other FRN(s) in the system previously associated with the Facility ID Number. However, the FRN you have just entered will not be invalidated. Invalidating an FRN means that you can no longer use it to file a form.
If an error occurs or the information entered is not valid, the system will redisplay this page with the error message. See Appendix A for an explanation of the error messages. If the FRN was successfully associated with the facility, a link will be provided which displays FRN history of the facility.

Telephone Support

Current telephone numbers for assistance can be found by clicking on the following link: CDBS phone numbers.

Appendix A: Error Messages

Login Page Messages

  1. ERROR: FRN is invalid. Re-enter FRN and password and try again.

    The FRN is invalid. Make sure FRN is all digits and does not have any spaces or special characters.

  2. ERROR: Password is invalid. Re-enter password and try again.

    Password is invalid. The password is case sensitive, make sure Caps Lock is turned off and you enter the password exactly as is currently stored in the FCC CORES System.

  3. ERROR: FRN 0001234567 and Facility ID Number 12345 is not a valid combination. Please correct the Facility ID Number or the FRN.

    You have entered a valid FRN and password; however, the Facility ID Number is either invalid or does not have an association with the login FRN.

Add New FRN Page Messages

  1. ERROR: FRN 0010112850 is invalid.

    FRN you want to associate with the facility is invalid. Make sure the FRN is all digits and does not have any spaces or special characters.

  2. ERROR: FRN 0001234567 (Login FRN) and Facility ID Number 12345 is not a valid combination. Please correct the Facility ID Number or login using a different FRN.

    New FRN is valid; however, Facility ID Number is either invalid or does not have association with the login FRN. You can either enter a valid Facility ID Number which is associated with the login FRN or use a different FRN to login. You may also get this message if you have successfully invalidated all other FRN(s) and then tried to add another FRN without logging in again with a new FRN. Also see error messages 5 and 7.

  3. WARNING: FRN 0010112855 is already associated with Facility ID Number 12345.

    FRN is already in the system and is associated with this Facility ID Number.

  4. SUCCESS: FRN 0010112855 was associated with Facility ID Number 12345.

    The new FRN was successfully associated with the Facility ID Number.

  5. SUCCESS: FRN 0010112855 was associated with Facility ID Number 12345. All the existing FRN(s) are invalidated.

    The new FRN was successfully associated with the Facility ID Number and all the other FRN(s) were invalidated.

  6. ERROR: FRN 0010112855 was associated with Facility ID Number 12345. However system could not invalidate the existing FRN(s).

    The new FRN was successfully associated with the Facility ID Number but the system was unable to invalidate the existing FRN. You can try again by entering the same new FRN and the Facility ID Number. Also see next error message 7 below.

  7. WARNING: FRN 0010112855 is already associated with Facility ID Number 12345. All the existing FRN(s) are invalidated.

    The FRN is already in the system and is associated with this Facility ID Number. Also, system has invalidated other existing FRN(s) successfully.

  8. ERROR: FRN 0010112855 is already associated with the Facility ID Number 12345. The system was unable to invalidate the existing FRN(s).

    The FRN is already in the system and is associated with this Facility ID Number but the system was unable to invalidate the existing FRN(s). You can try again by entering the same new FRN and the Facility ID Number. Also see error message 7 above.


Last modified January 23, 2006