Federal Communications Commission: Review of the Emergency Alert System
GAO-08-273R: Nov 16, 2007
GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the Emergency Alert System (EAS). GAO found that (1) the rule amends the Commission's rules regarding the (EAS) to ensure the efficient, rapid, and secure transmission of EAS alerts in a variety of formats (including text, audio, and video) and via different means (broadcast, cable, satellite, and other networks), increasing the reliability, security, and efficacy of the EAS network. The final rule requires EAS participants to maintain the existing system and establish the framework for the Next Generation EAS. The FCC, except for the delay in the effective date, complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.