2018 National EAS Test postponed until October 3

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that the 2018 National Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) tests have been postponed until the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to Florence and other weather events.   The WEA test will take place at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS test will take place at 2:20 PM EDT.

Clients retained by REC for the test should check their in-boxes for an update. 

Reminder from the FCC regarding the upcoming EAS National Test

As we are all preparing for next week’s nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) on September 20th, just a reminder to broadcasters and cable providers not to air the audio attention signal for WEA or the EAS during any news coverage of the test.  Any transmission, including broadcast, of the WEA or EAS attention signals or codes, or a simulation of them, under any circumstances other than a genuine alert, authorized test, or approved public service announcement violates the Commission’s rules and undermines the important public safety pr

(updated) 18-119: REC aligns with LPFM Coalition on most translator interference issues

REC Networks has filed Reply Comments with the FCC today in MB Docket 18-119 relating to proposed changes to the rules regarding interference by proposed or newly constructed FM translator stations to existing broadcast stations including LPFM stations. 

In REC's reply, we have aligned with many of the comments filed by the LPFM Coalition in regards to various issues including:

REC commends Prometheus and MMP on appeal of FCC "Broadcast Incubator" decision

REC Networks is all about a citizen's access to spectrum.  This means assuring that new entrants are able to enter into broadcasting for the first time.  While the FCC's "Broadcast Incubator" program was touted to do just that, it is not.  Instead, it is an underhanded method of allowing large corporate broadcasters a "free-pass" on the local ownership caps under the guise of a "mentorship" program.  While we support "big" broadcasters providing mentorship to upstarts, a "free-pass" on the ownership cap is not the appropriate reward where a more appropriate reward could be consideration suc

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