In our reminder on August regulatory dates for broadcasters, we noted that broadcasters must register their stations in a new FCC filing system that will allow them to electronically report on the success of the next EAS National Test, to be conducted on September 28. The new registration system, called EAS Test Reporting System (“ETRS”), requires all stations (including LPFM stations) to register by August 26, by filling out what is referred to as Form One in that system. The FCC Public Notice announcing the new filing requirement is available here. More information about the form and a link to the Registration Page for the form are available on the FCC’s website, here. I have been told that this form can be tricky to complete, and will require reference to your state EAS plan, so don’t wait for the last day to try to get this done. The FCC has given stations until September 26 to edit their initial filings – but you need to get something on file by next Friday. Time is short, and completing the form (especially if you have multiple stations) may take some effort, so don’t delay in completing this form.
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