FCC Seeks Comment On Expanding Programming Scope Of Travel Stations
January 3, 2011 at 4:42 AM (PT)
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking for comment on modifying rules on Travelers’ Information Stations to allow the low-power stations to transmit more general alerts and public safety-related information than traffic alerts to the public. The docket was initiated after petitions for rulemaking were filed by HIGHWAY INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC. and the AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS.
The action denied a petition to declare that NOAA Weather Radio retransmissions, AMBER Alerts, alternate phone numbers when local 911 systems fail, terror threat alert levels, public health warnings, and other civil defense announcements fall under the presently permitted scope of the rules, but included the request in the present rulemaking proceeding.