EAS Changes


From http://skyreport.com

Satellite Sees FCC Mandates on EAS

The Federal Communications Commission moved to require digital services, including satellite TV and satellite radio, to deliver emergency alert and warning information to consumers.

The First Report and Order released by the FCC Thursday expands current Emergency Alert Service (EAS) rules to include providers of digital broadcast and cable services, digital audio broadcasting, satellite radio, and DBS services. With the exception of DBS, all entities must comply with the new requirements by Dec. 31, 2006. DBS services must comply no later than May 31, 2007.

Also, the FCC said it will take a look at how to best develop a next-generation alert and warning system "that takes full advantage of digital media's potential." The FCC is seeking comment on the type of system architecture and common protocols that would be required for such a system.

Said FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, "Hurricane Katrina, and hurricanes Rita and Wilma, have only served to emphasize the need for a comprehensive and robust alert system that allows officials at the national, state and local levels to reach affected citizens in the most effective and efficient manner possible."