EAS Advisory – NOAA Service Interruption

The Pack Monadnock NOAA Weather Radio transmitter will go off the air Monday, June 6 for FAA contractors to perform asbestos remediation at the site.  The current plan is for the transmitter to be down for 1 to 2 Read More »

Labor Dept. Revises Overtime Rules

NHAB’s Washington law firm (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP) has written an advisory providing the details of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule changes, along with a number of suggestions for how businesses can minimize the economic Read More »

Pillsbury Law releases election night guide

Pillsbury Law releases election night guide

New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters Washington counsel, the law office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, has released its biennial election night guide for broadcasters. The guide provides a Presidential election fact sheet, 2012 election results along with all Read More »

Sage ENDEC problem leads to missed weekly test

[Some] stations did not receive the FEMA weekly test of the Emergency Alert System on Monday. Upon checking, FEMA discovered a problem unique to users of the 2012 generation of Sage ENDECS. A security certificate expired meaning no further traffic from IPAWS would be allowed through those Endecs. Read More »

Deadline for NH to file Annual EEO Public File Report – Dec. 1

The following advisory from Pillsbury law references the December 1, 2013 deadline for all non-exempt radio and television stations in New Hampshire.

If you have any questions regarding your filing, you can call the NHAB’s Federal legal hotline at 202-663-8266 or email Dick Zaragoza – Read More »

FCC issues advisory regarding EAS tone usage

The Federal Communications Commission is coming down hard on Turner Broadcasting and CBS/NBC station WNKY, licensed to Bowling Green, Kentucky due to misuse of the Emergency Alert System tones. Read More »

FCC releases: Payment Methods and Procedures For Fiscal Year 2013 Regulatory Fees

FCC releases: Payment Methods and Procedures For Fiscal Year 2013 Regulatory Fees

The Federal Communications Comission has released a guideline to filing your 2013 regulatory fees. The release features links to the necessary web pages. Regulatory fee payments must be RECEIVED by the Commission no later than 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, on September 20, 2013. Read More »

EAS Alerts and the Zombie Apocalypse Make Skynet a Reality

EAS Alerts and the Zombie Apocalypse Make Skynet a Reality

At this stage in the media cycle, few could have missed the news of several Michigan and Montana TV stations airing an EAS alert warning the public of a zombie attack. As I noted earlier this week, while the facts surrounding these alerts are still developing, it appears they were the result of someone outside the U.S. triggering the stations’ EAS equipment via that equipment’s Internet connection. While the resulting burst of media stories quickly devolved into a flurry of zombie jokes, the movie that came to mind as the story developed was not Night of the Living Dead, but the Terminator films, which feature an interconnected national defense network called Skynet. Read More »