FCC opens EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS)

Form One to be completed by February 28 After performing a number of technical updates, the Federal Communications Commission has opened their EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS), an electronic filing system to be used in reporting of national emergency alert tests.

MBA files joint comments opposing FCC cybersecurity NPRM

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, in combination with the state broadcasters associations of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, filed Joint Comments arguing against the FCC’s proposed imposition of new EAS cybersecurity monitoring and reporting obligations and harsh enforcement policies on... Read More.

Radio sees (smaller) raise in regulatory fees for FY22

On Friday, the FCC released a Report and Order in its annual rulemaking proceeding to determine the regulatory fees that its regulatees will pay for FY2022.  The fee schedule adopted in this Report and Order establishes the final amounts that broadcasters will be required... Read More.

SBAs file FCC comments disputing regulatory fee schedule

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, in combination with the state broadcasters associations of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, filed Joint Comments urging the FCC to modernize its methodology for setting annual regulatory fees to comply with the RAY BAUM’S Act... Read More.

Media Bureau Announces New Filing Procedures

Today the FCC released a public notice outlining new filing procedures eliminating use of the Consolidated Database System (CDBS) as of 5PM January 12.  According to the Commission "this action is necessary due to pressing technical issues that prevent the effective... Read More.

State broadcasters file comments opposing Form 395-B reinstatement

The Massachusetts Broadcastesr Association, in combination with the state broadcasters associations from every other state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, filed extensive Joint Reply Comments urging the FCC to reject the proposed reinstatement of FCC Form 395-B, which requires broadcast stations to... Read More.

New EAS Handbook and National EAS Test deadlines

A new version of the EAS Handbook for 2021 has been released by the FCC.  This new version must be posted in place of the prior version.  The handbook "summarizes the actions to be taken by personnel at EAS Participant facilities upon receipt of... Read More.

FCC Eliminates Radio Duplication Rule

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order eliminating the radio duplication rule for both the AM and FM services. The rule restricts the duplication of programming on commonly owned broadcast radio stations operating in the same service and... Read More.

FCC Chair commends broadcasters

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai held a conference call yesterday with television and radio broadcasters and broadcaster trade associations to thank broadcasters for their efforts to educate the American people about the coronavirus pandemic and discuss additional ways that  broadcasters... Read More.