FCC Welcomes Blue to the EAS Family

By | December 21st, 2017|Legal News|

Last week the FCC unanimously adopted a new member to the Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) family: the “Blue Alert.” Transmitted through the broadcast EAS and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) systems, the Blue Alert is a voluntary alert code that can be used by state and local authorities to alert the public of credible “threats to...… Continue Reading

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EAS Report to SECCs Due Nov. 6

By | October 25th, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC scored a legal victory in court this past week when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its requirement that EAS participants report to their State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) their progress on developing multilingual EAS alerts (an SECC is a committee assigned to implement EAS in a specific state). EAS participants must...… Continue Reading

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Today’s the Day: Nationwide EAS Test and Form 2 Deadline Arrive

By | September 27th, 2017|Legal News|

Earlier this week, the FCC and FEMA released a final reminder that this year’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will occur today, September 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM Eastern Time.  The test will be transmitted in both English and Spanish and broadcasters will choose which one to air in their communities. The agencies […]

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Reminder: EAS National Test Scheduled for Wednesday, September 27

By | September 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

ETRS Form 2 Due Same Day (Except for Hurricane-Impacted EAS Participants) Assuming that it is not delayed due to a real national emergency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC are still scheduled to conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT. As we...… Continue Reading

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Broadcasters Encounter FCC System Obstacles in Meeting Monday Deadline for EAS Form 1 Filing

By | August 22nd, 2017|Legal News|

The FCC and FEMA have established September 27, 2017 as the date for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Like last year’s test, all EAS participants must file Form 1 a month before the test.  The Form 1 has been modified, however, requiring information that was not requested previously.  In addition, […]

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ETRS Form 1 Due August 28 for all EAS Participants; Requires Registration in FCC CORES System

By | August 10th, 2017|Legal News|

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FCC have announced that a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on September 27, 2017, at 2:20 PM EDT.  As a precursor to this test, all EAS Participants (which includes most broadcast stations and cable and DBS operators) must file a “Form 1”...… Continue Reading

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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ July 2017

By | July 27th, 2017|Legal News|

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others.  This month’s issue includes: Headlines: FCC Proposes $66,000 Fine Against Alaska Noncommercial FM Station for EAS and Other Violations Man Faces $120 Million Fine for “Massive” Robocall Operation FCC […]

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FCC Releases Instructions for Registering for the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System

By | July 7th, 2017|Legal News|

(New procedures require all filers to register in the FCC’s updated CORES system) On June 26, 2017, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission released instructions as to how Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants must register for access to the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).  The PSHSB also...… Continue Reading

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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ June 2017

By | June 30th, 2017|Legal News|

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others.  This month’s issue includes: Headlines: TV Broadcaster Agrees to $55,000 “Civil Penalty” for Airing False EAS Tones Radio Broadcaster to Donate or Surrender Nine FM Stations to Resolve Investigation […]

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