The FCC chairman’s proposal aims to protect law enforcement officers and communities.
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has released its initial findings from the 2016 nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, which reflect improvements from the 2011 test but identifies further opportunities to strengthen the EAS.
The FCC is asking a federal appeals court to toss out a challenge to its Emergency Alert System regulations. The FCC says proposals that it create a “designated hitter” program are “technically and practically unfeasible.” It also argues that it would be burdensome on EAS participants.
At the FCC monthly meeting in December, Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to consider new Emergency Alert System rules. The commission says the update will help protect EAS against hackers and accidental misuse. The NAB participated in a conference call with several officials of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau earlier this month to discuss impending changes to EAS, several of which the trade group isn’t pleased with.
The first national test of the emergency alert system in five years — and the first ever using the IPAWS infrastructure as an overlay on EAS — has been deemed a success based on initial feedback from the field.
The FCC has sent an email to those registered in the EAS Test Reporting System for tomorrow’s nationwide test, asking them to (1) stagger the filing of their EAS Form Two based on their time zone, and (2) not file Form Three until the day after the test. The FCC explained that the request — the staggered filing times are not mandatory — is meant to “maximize the resources available to process Form Two filings.”
Attention all you EAS participants. The deadline for registering with the FCC’s EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) and submitting your ETRS Form One is fast approaching: Aug. 26.