FCC March meeting: Notice of Inquiry: EAS alerts through the Internet

In response to the recently passed READI Act, the Federal Communications Commission agenda for its March meeting includes the following notice of inquiry:

The NDAA21 directs the Commission, within 180 days, to adopt rules to implement Section 9201 (a)-(d) and to complete an inquiry under Section 9201(e). The FCC is required to report to Congress on the findings of the inquiry within 90 days after its completion.

What the Notice of Inquiry Would Do:

• Seek comment on whether it is technically feasible to deliver EAS alerts through the Internet, including through streaming services.

• Seek comment on whether and how to leverage the capabilities of the Internet to enhance the alerting capabilities of the radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers that currently participate in EAS.