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Congressional Panel to Scrutinize Expanding EAS

Congressional Panel to Scrutinize Expanding EAS

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has scheduled a hearing on Thursday to learn about a bill to expand EAS warnings to digital devices. Upton, a member of the House Commerce Committee, chairs a subcommittee on telecom and the Internet.
The measure up for scrutiny on July 20 is H.R. 5785, the Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act of 2006.
Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill and Albert Wynn, D-Md. are co-sponsors of The WARN Act. Shimkus said the measure “would link every type of media being used, no matter where the person is or what type of device they are using.”
Slated to testify are: FCC Acting Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology Julius Knapp; Association of Public Television Stations President/CEO John Lawson; The NTI Group Government Affairs President Billy Pitts; USA Mobility President/CEO Vincent Kelly; Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association Regulatory Affairs Vice President Christopher Guttman-McCabe; Maryland Sheriffs’ Association Vice President Sheriff Michael Jackson and Ciara Enterprises Senior Radio Engineer Sara Allen on behalf of the Prometheus Radio Project.