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NJBA Speaks Out on Cybersecurity Proposal

Says radio is essential to the security infrastructure

The New Jersey Broadcasters Association supports two cybersecurity bills currently in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The NJBA believes “radio is essential to the security infrastructure of our nation,” and so it supports a package of bills introduced by House Democrats that would classify broadcast radio as critical infrastructure, according to the association’s newsletter.

One bill would require the FCC to adopt cybersecurity rules protecting communications networks from cyber-attacks within 180 days of the law taking effect, and another would create an interagency communications security committee.

This legislation was introduced not long after another radio station was hacked and a zombie invasion was falsely announced. It was one of many widely publicized incidents that have plagued some broadcasters as the broadcast plant relies increasingly on internet connectivity.