WASHINGTON — It’s ETRS renewal time.
The Federal Communications Commission announced it has opened the EAS Test Reporting System for 2018 filings.
Each year, EAS participants are required to renew identifying information within the ETRS Form One. For 2018, the deadline to complete the 2018 ETRS Form One is before Aug. 27.
Keep in mind that each EAS participant should file a separate copy of Form One for each of its EAS decoders, EAS encoders, or units that combine decoder and encoder functions. (For example, if an individual is filing for a broadcaster that uses two units combining encoder and decoder functions, that individual should file two copies of Form One.)
There are some exceptions on who does not need to file. Those exempt from filing include FM broadcast booster stations and FM translator stations that only rebroadcast the programming of other local FM broadcast stations, analog and digital broadcast stations that operate as satellites or repeaters of a hub station, or analog and digital low power television stations that operate as translator stations.
All other EAS participants — including low-power FM stations, Class D noncommercial educational FM stations, and EAS participants that are silent pursuant to a grant of Special Temporary Authority — are required to register and file Form One in ETRS.
Filers can access ETRS at the commission’s website here. Each user must have a registered FCC username associated with the correct FCC Registration Numbers — or FRNs — for which they will file.
Those with questions who want to talk to a real live person can reach out to Austin Randazzo at (202) 418-1462 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Gregory Cooke at (202) 418-2351 or email@example.com. Filers may also contact the CORES Help Desk at CORESHelpDesk@fcc.gov or bureau staff at ETRS@fcc.gov.