THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #475

                   Tuesday, September 18, 2001

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 2001, Communications General Corporation (CGC)



  "In connection with the recent terrorist attacks, and in order
to avoid potential public confusion or fear, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA), has requested that broadcast stations
suspend their routine weekly and monthly tests of the Emergency
Alert System (EAS).  In light of FEMA's request, and after input
from the FCC's EAS National Advisory Committee, we confirm that
broadcast stations may suspend their routine weekly and monthly
testing until October 2, 2001.

  "Additionally, during this period, cable systems need not comply
with the rules regarding the handling of the routine weekly and
monthly EAS tests.  The FCC will not take enforcement action
against broadcast stations or cable systems for not complying with
the rules relating to these routine EAS tests during this period.
Should an extension be required, an additional FCC public notice
will be issued.  All other EAS rules must be complied with.

  "Any station that has EAS responsibilities for which routine
testing remains necessary should conduct such routine tests as

  "By the Chief, [FCC] Enforcement Bureau"


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