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Re: the new emergency alert system.

>     Sure, these unannounced EAS tests can be a pain in terms of program
>continuity with the data bursts and what have you.  But frankly, c'est le
>vie.  If a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert happens to be interrupted by
>an EAS test, hey.... that's the nature of the beast.  There ARE some things
>that are more important than some music selection..... such as emergency
>weather statements, information for life and safety, Presidential statements
>of national significance and whatever.  The only way to make the system work
>is to do these unannounced tests to insure proper operation of all EAS
>equipment.  Sorry if "Stairway To Heaven" is interrupted with six data bursts
>and an EOM tail, but we all have our crosses to bear.  If the FCC requires our
>stations to do these tests, YOU DO IT......end of story.  If some people in
>the audience do not like these tests...well....tough bananas.  As a licensee
>with the Commission, you must uphold the rules in the Communications Act.....
>not that fiasco from 1996 but the one that says that you must provide for
>the "public interest, convenience and necessity" and that includes EAS.  If
>you don't like it, turn in the license.
>Peter Q. George, N1GGP                  *  "Scanning the bands since 1967 !"

Isn't the EAS a "voluntary" system??