The FCC has proposed to loosen up a little on the use of EAS tones in public service announcements.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today by the Commission, aimed at promoting community preparedness and ensuring that the public receives the most effective alerts during emergencies, includes proposals to:
Encourage more strategic engagement in EAS at the state and local levels by streamlining, automating, and improving the utility of state EAS plans filed with the FCC;
Authorize state and local alert originators and EAS participants to conduct periodic “live” EAS tests, provided that steps are taken to prevent public confusion; and
Allow federal, state, and local governments to issue public service announcements using the EAS Attention Signal (i.e., sound), provided that they are presented in a non- misleading and technically harmless manner.
The FCC is also seeking comments on some other topics.