by Micheal LeClair
panel on EAS started out friendly but during discussion of the recent national
test the tone became more threatening. Stung by the fact that perhaps a third of all broadcast stations have
not yet reported their test results, FCC Chief, Policy Division, Thomas Beers
threatened to go all NAL on negligent operators. “We shouldn’t have to beg for these reports,” said Beers.
the FCC’s data collection method didn’t provide stations with electronic
“receipts” last December. So some stations have now begun to worry about
receiving a fine for not reporting. At least in one case it was recently reported on a listserv that a
station received a notice from the FCC about a missing test submission which
the engineer claims was actually filed.
have a point- the FCC graciously “indemnified” stations for any operational
errors the national test may have discovered so they expect it’s only fair to
get back an answer. At the same
time stations have a right not to be fined for an improperly functioning
collection system. Really.
In response to
questions on how stations could ensure avoiding a fine, Beers let fly with the
e-mail address of Timothy May who can check the database of information
collected so far. So there you have it: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim- I’m not sure he asked for that.