FCC Clarifies, Amends Travelers' Information Station Rules
July 24, 2013 at 4:16 AM (PT)
The FCC has issued clarifications and alterations of the rules regarding travelers' information stations.
Among the actions taken by the Commission were to clarify that programming on TIS facilities "must continue to have a nexus to travel, an emergency, or an imminent threat of danger."
In addition, the rules were amended to cross-reference other rules allowing Part 90 stations to air “any communications related directly to the imminent safety-of-life or property,” and emergency communications “during a period of emergency in which the normal communication facilities are disrupted as a result of hurricane, flood, earthquake or similar disaster. The restriction on simulcast TIS transmitters has been eliminated to the extent that the programming is "relevant to travelers in the vicinity of each transmitter in the network."
And the rules have been updated to replace a reference to the former Local Government Radio Service with a reference to the Public Safety Pool.
The Commission is also asking for comment on a proposal to delete the rule requiring the filtering of TIS audio frequencies above 3 kHz, which the notice says "significantly decreases the audibility of TIS broadcasts while adding little to the interference protection of commercial broadcasters."
Comments will be due 30 days after publication of the notice in the Federal Register with replies due 45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.