All EAS Participants – including all full-power broadcasters – must complete the 2017 ETRS Form One on or before August 28, 2017. We wrote about this obligation here. The filing deadline was set for next week as the ETRS system is used so that stations can report on the results of nationwide EAS tests. With the next Nationwide EAS Test set for September 27, the accounts and basic information for all EAS participants need to be in the system to allow for that reporting. Each EAS Participant should file a separate copy of Form One for each of its EAS decoders, EAS encoders, and units combining such decoder and encoder functions. .
The FCC put out a reminder on the upcoming EAS deadlines and the Nationwide EAS test here. Be sure that you are on file so that you will be ready to report on the results of the EAS test to be run next month. This system is supposed to be able to monitor who filed – so you don’t want to stick out as missing the required filing when the FCC reviews the results of the test that are submitted through the ETRS system. And, while you are at it, make sure that your EAS equipment is in working order so that you can post positive results after the test (see our warning here about the fines for non-functional EAS equipment).