Congressmen To FCC's Wheeler: Don't Reduce Nighttime Class A AM Interference Protections
December 1, 2016 at 6:23 AM (PT)
The leaders of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications have asked FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER not to lower skywave interference protections to Class A AM radio stations.
In a letter to WHEELER, committee Chairman DAN DONOVAN (R-NY) and Ranking Member DONALD PAYNE, JR. (D-NJ) voice concern that if protection is lowered at night, "this could impact the ability to provide timely alerts and warnings to the public through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System." The letter notes that 25 Class A station serve as Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations.
WHEELER's response assures THOMPSON and PAYNE that their concerns, as voiced in FEMA's comments in the AM revitalization docket, will be taken into account by Commission staff, but does not offer any additional support.