The FCC has updated its rules that would apply during EAS tests. Specifically the agency has established operational standards to be used during future tests and actual emergencies.
Radio broadcaster iHeartCommunications will pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve an FCC investigation into misuse of EAS tones.
At issue is how the agency makes its decisions and how the voting process can be opened up so businesses affected by the agency’s decisions, and the public, have more input before votes are cast.
The FCC says the name of Washington NFL team, “Redskins,” does not violate broadcast indecency rules and the agency approved a license renewal for a radio station owned by team owner Daniel Snyder.
Analog LPTV stations operating as radio stations were thought to have a limited shelf life because of the 2015 sunset.
The National Association of Broadcasters is giving a thumbs up to the FCC proposals to tweak the system as federal officials plan the next national EAS test next fall.
The FCC commissioners voted to streamline and eliminate outdated portions of its Part 17 rules governing tower construction, marking and lighting.
FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System Program Management Office is targeting late 2015 for another national EAS test.
The number of consumer complaints about broadcast indecency, as well as interference, is dropping. The FCC received 1,520 indecency/obscenity complaints for 2013 and 2,181 in 2012.
In a letter sent to broadcast clients, former Harris Broadcast CEO Charlie Vogt outlines the “milestone” change for the transmission equipment company as it becomes two.
After Hurricane Sandy, the commission heard how important it was to ensure non-English speaking listeners and viewers can get emergency information.
The FCC is preparing to act on some aspects of its media ownership rules at its public meeting later this month. For now, all rules remain in place.
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