In mid-January, the FCC released an NPRM seeking comment on proposed rules to require Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) participants to participate in annual, nationwide testing of the EAS system and to provide their test results to the FCC. Current EAS rules require state and local testing, but a national test of the system has never been conducted. The data from a recent statewide test in Alaska could help to provide a framework for national testing, the purpose of which would be to ensure preparedness in the event of any national alert issued by the President. The resulting data would allow the government to identify and address any failures, and the data would be publicly available.
Comments on the proposal are due 30 days after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register, and replies are due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.