FCC Shortens Emergency Alert

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According to a source, shortening the duration is so that nobody will mistake it for an actual emergency, something some industry players had suggested might happen with such an extended warning.

The FCC is conducting the test at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, in conjunction with FEMA and the National Weather Service. The test requires broadcasters, cable operators, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and DBS to deliver a Presdiential message or other info during a national emergency.

While the EAS system has been tested on a monthly and weekly basis at the state and local level--that annoying "this is only a test" tone--this will be the first national, end-to-end test of the alert, which is used for national emergencies.