Drones for Reporting

As floods and wildfires ravage the country this summer, it's quickly apparent that a new tool at the disposal of newsrooms across the country can help illustrate the scope of a story such as floods, wildfires and more.

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FCC Releases New EAS Guide

08-18-17

Emily Reigart, TV Technology

Intended to help small businesses, nonprofits and small governmental jurisdictions comply with rules

WASHINGTON—To help small businesses, nonprofits and small governmental jurisdictions comply with its latest EAS rules, the Federal Communications Commission has released the "Small Entity Compliance Guide Review of the Emergency Alert System."

Last year, the commission adopted an order resolving a petition filed years before by the Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association, Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ Inc. and Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. It revised Part 11 EAS regulations to establish certain reporting requirements applicable to EAS participants, including radio stations, and to State Emergency Communications Committees.

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Verizon to Build Own Public Safety Network

08-16-17

Says it will provide “best reliability, greatest innovation”
John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable

It looks like first responders will get a second network to help speed communications in times of emergency.

It is not calling it SecondNet, but Verizon says it is planning to build and operate a core public safety communications network--similar to the FirstNet interoperable public safety communications network being managed by AT&T, which won the 25-year, multibillion dollar, contract to build and maintain the network, and funded by FCC spectrum proceeds.

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