FCC Imposes $55,000 Fine for Inappropriate Use of EAS Tones

By | June 5th, 2017|Legal News|

Continuing its historical hard line on misuse of EAS tones, the FCC announced on May 30 that it had settled an investigation with WTLV, a TEGNA-owned television station in Jacksonville, Florida regarding unauthorized EAS tones appearing in an ad for the Jacksonville Jaguars (the local NFL team).  As part of the settlement, TEGNA entered into...… Continue Reading

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¿Es Esta Una Prueba?

By | April 1st, 2016|Legal News|

FCC “grants” petition seeking mandatory foreign language EAS alerts by declining to impose mandatory foreign language EAS alerts; but some new reporting requirements are added How do you say EAS en español? Apparently, that’s something EAS participants won’t need to worry about anytime soon. The FCC has rejected a proposal that would have mandated the … Continue Reading

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Sweeping Test of EAS NPT Readiness Slated for February 24

By | February 17th, 2016|Legal News|

FEMA-organized test to include 22 states, two territories and D.C. Here’s a big CommLawBlog HEADS UP for those of you broadcasting in any of these 25 (count ‘em, 25!) jurisdictions: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, … Continue Reading

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Effective Date of Remaining EAS Revisions Announced

By | December 22nd, 2015|Legal News|

More than six months ago we reported on some tweaks of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) that the FCC had adopted after analyzing the results of its 2011 national EAS test. While most of the changes kicked in last July, two revised sections of the rules – Sections 11.21(a) and 11.61(a)(3)(iv) – did not. That’s … Continue Reading

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Update: Effective Date Set for Revised EAS Rules

By | June 30th, 2015|Legal News|

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the revisions to the Emergency Alert System rules adopted in the wake of the 2011 nationwide EAS test. Those revisions have now been published in the Federal Register, so we know that they will take effect on July 30, 2015. All the new rules, that is, EXCEPT … Continue Reading

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EAS Rules Revised

By | June 17th, 2015|Legal News|

From 2011 nationwide test, lessons learned lead to system tweaks, electronic reporting system Nearly four years ago the FCC (along with FEMA) conducted the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Now, after analyzing the perform...

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EAS Rules Revised

By | June 17th, 2015|Legal News|

After analyzing the performance of the Emergency Alert System during the 2011 nationwide test, and after twice soliciting input from interested parties, the Commission has decided to tweak the system.… Continue Reading

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EAS Rules Revised

By | June 17th, 2015|Legal News|

After analyzing the performance of the Emergency Alert System during the 2011 nationwide test, and after twice soliciting input from interested parties, the Commission has decided to tweak the system.… Continue Reading

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FCC Adopts New National EAS Test Rules and Accessibility Standards

By | June 12th, 2015|Legal News|

The FCC has slowly but surely been striving to improve the nation’s Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) to improve safety warnings to the public. In its most recent effort to achieve this goal, the FCC issued an Order last week updating its rules to establish operational standards to be used during national EAS tests and emergencies. […]

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