(November 28, 2023) – The FCC has extended an EAS firmware upgrade deadline by 90 days (until March 11, 2024) but only for stations that are existing customers of Sage Alerting Systems. Users of other manufacturers equipment must still comply with the original December 12th deadline. Read the entire text of the FCC’s order here.
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(November 6, 2023) – Sage Alerting Systems has informed the FCC that, due to unforeseen delays, they feel that many Sage users may not be able to update their EAS units in time for the December 12th deadline. Sage has not provided an actual release date yet. Read the notice on their home page here. NHAB reached out to Sage CEO Harold Price who indicated that the update is software only and should be released soon. Price is also referring people to Radio World’s coverage of the situation here.
Broadcasters are reminded that if your EAS gear isn’t updated by December 12, 2023 you should enter a notation in your logs that your EAS equipment is out of compliance. You can legally remain out of compliance for 60 days.
If you have questions, contact New Hampshire SECC Chair Mark Ericson.