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A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Wednesday, September 28, 2016. A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, "if necessary."
All EAS participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code for "All of United States." FIPS number: 000000; and will be issued via FEMA Open IPAWS.
There are two reports that must be filed with the FCC. One report is due by midnight eastern time the day of the test. Click below to see the forms and for more information:
Stations: The FCC has released a new EAS Handbook (2016 Edition). A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests.
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MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford has updated his Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters. The revised guide is much the same as the one that he published two years ago, formatted as Questions and Answers to cover many of the issues that come up for broadcasters in a political season. This guide is only that – a guide to the issues and not a definitive answer to any of the very fact-dependent legal issues that arise in election season. But we hope that this guide at least provides a starting point for the analysis of issues, so that station employees have a background to discuss these matters with ad buyers and their own attorneys.
Download the guide here.