FCC Grants Waiver for Nationwide EAS Test

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau granted a limited waiver today to require wireless carriers to participate in the first nationwide, end-to-end wireless emergency alert (WEA) test. In seeking the waiver (TR Daily, July 11), the Federal Emergency Management Agency said “[t]his will be the first nationwide test of WEA utilizing the Presidential level code.”

The test is scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20, with an Oct. 3 back-up date at the same time. “The WEA test would be conducted in coordination with a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) that would immediately follow the WEA test” at 2:30 p.m. EDT, the bureau noted in today’s order, which was adopted in PS dockets 15-91 and 15-94.

Courtesy TRDaily