FCC ANNOUNCES REGULATORY FEE DEADLINE
The Federal Communications Commission has announced the deadline for 2017 regulatory fee payment. The deadline is Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
Read the FCC’s public notice, including fees for broadcast radio and television stations, here
The FCC’s Regulatory Fees website is found here.
NATIONWIDE EAS TEST ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
To participate in the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System scheduled for September 27, 2017 your station was supposed to have registered with the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) and file Form One online.
If you haven’t done so, visit the FCC’s ETRS site here
The nationwide test will be held on September 27, 2017 at 11:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time. If conditions on the day of the test require rescheduling of the test, a second test date is scheduled for October 4, 2017.
FCC ISSUES NEW EAS OPERATING HANDBOOK
The Federal Communications Commission has issued an updated version of the EAS Operating Handbook which details broadcaster obligations related to the Emergency Alert System. A copy of the new handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations and should be immediately available to staff responsible for authenticating messages and initiating actions. Old versions should be discarded.
Click here to obtain the 2017 EAS Operating Handbook.