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Emergency Alerts

Reminder: Nationwide EAS Test September 27, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 27, 2017 the FCC will conduct a nationwide Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) test as described in this Public Notice. After the nationwide test occurs, all Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) participants, which includes...more

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

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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...more

Deadlines Approaching for September Nationwide EAS Test

On July 24, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a nationwide Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) test on September 27, 2017, and reminded EAS Participants, which includes all cable television systems, TV stations,...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ July 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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...more

Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices – Compliance Deadline Today

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Today, July 10, 2017, is the compliance deadline for the FCC’s rules regarding video description of emergency information on “second screens.” Multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) are now required to pass...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ June 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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: -...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Commission Adopts “Blue Alerts” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its June Open Meeting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to create a new “Blue Alert” code for the nation’s Emergency Alert System (EAS). This code is...more

Advertiser Fined By FCC For Use Of Emergency Tones in Football Ads

by Reed Smith on

The FCC entered into a settlement late last month with TEGNA, Inc. (“TEGNA”) for $55,000. The case erupted after TEGNA used Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) tones in its television ad promoting the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL...more

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of...more

Keep Calm and Broadcast On: Broadcasters as Hurricane First Responders

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

While some debate endlessly which content best serves the public interest, there is universal agreement that the content broadcasters air during emergencies is vital to their communities. Whether it comes in the form of...more

Hoping to Avoid Website Crash, FCC Urges EAS Participants to Stagger Filings

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC has sent an email to those registered in the EAS Test Reporting System (“ETRS”) for tomorrow’s nationwide test, asking them to (1) stagger the filing of their EAS Form Two based on their time zone, and (2) not file...more

Nationwide EAS Test Now Just One Month Away

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As the summer winds down and the weather cools off, action around the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) is heating up. Hopefully by now, if you are an EAS participant, which includes all cable television systems, radio...more

FCC Allows for Greater Use of Robo-Calls By School Districts

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has issued a ruling that clarifies the application of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to schools to allow automated calls and texts to parents in the case of...more

FCC Holds Educators and Utilities Making Certain Robo Calls Do Not Violate The TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

On August 4, 2016, the FCC released a Declaratory Ruling confirming that schools and utilities making robo calls do not violate the TCPA under certain circumstances. The Ruling, addressed Petitions filed by Blackboard, Inc....more

FCC Exempts Schools and Utilities from TCPA for Emergencies

On August 4, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a ruling applicable to schools and utilities regarding the application of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to robocalls and text messages to...more

FCC Ruling Clarifies TCPA for Schools and Utilities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Declaratory Ruling clarifying the application of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to communications from schools and utilities. Specifically, the Ruling...more

Nationwide EAS Test Comes With a “To Do” List for Broadcasters and Other EAS Participants

Those trying to keep up with the news surrounding the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) know that a lot has been happening in a short period of time. Below, we pull together the many recent FCC...more

EAS Test Reporting System Deadline Fast Approaching

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

All Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) Participants must complete EAS Test Reporting System (“ETRS”) Form One on or before August 26, 2016. This would include all cable television systems, TV stations, radio stations and low...more

Alert: Deadlines Set for Commenting on New EAS Cybersecurity Requirements

by Cooley LLP on

Comments on the FCC's proposal to require participants in the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS) to meet new cybersecurity requirements are due by May 9, 2016, and reply comments are due by June 7, 2016. As we previously...more

Proposed EAS Rules Mark a Greater Role for New Media Platforms and Increased Importance for Social Media in Delivering EAS Alerts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Proposed EAS Rules”) in January, proposing improvements to the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts...more

Alert: FCC Proposes Cybersecurity Requirements for Broadcasters and MVPDs

by Cooley LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules requiring all participants in the nation's emergency alert system ("EAS") to implement certain cybersecurity risk management practices. The proposed rules could apply...more

The Top Six Things You Need to Know About the Internet of Things: A Legal Perspective

by DLA Piper on

IoT is discussed in the media more and more frequently. It has important social, economic and legal implications, most of which are yet to be fully understood. The following sets out a brief list of things you should...more

FCC Modifies Cost Recovery Rules for Medical Device Tests and Proposes Greater Access to MedRadio Bands for Testing

by Mintz Levin on

On July 6, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order modifying its rules covering Experimental Radio Service (“ERS”) licenses, which permit research and testing of radio...more

New Requirements Regarding Emergency Alert Access Imposed On Device Manufacturers And MVPDs

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 28, 2015, the FCC released a Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking pursuant to authority granted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)...more

FCC Releases Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices and Grants Compliance Waivers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the text of its Second Report and Order (R&O) adopting rules requiring multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to pass through the secondary audio stream...more

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