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Member Since: ‎12-06-2011
Posts: 56

EAS overload

OK I know the emergency alert system is needed ..

But today alone I have received 3 tests alerts, if every local channel does its required monthly test at different times, I have a feeling people are not even going to pay attention to this crying wolf signal...............

Southern NM part of Denver market.

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Regular Contributor
Member Since: ‎08-25-2006
Posts: 58

Re: EAS overload

I'm so tired of the EAS bungling in my area (Chicago). Weekly tests, monthly tests - all the same. Twice in December the stupid thing went off at 1:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m on the same days. It is way too loud and disconcerting in the middle of the night. Once a month testing would be enough. Meanwhile, we visited our son who has Direct TV for 10 days, and not once did we undergo this frustration. I'm really ready to switch, for this and other reasons.
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Regular Contributor
Member Since: ‎08-25-2006
Posts: 58

Re: EAS overload

Once again, there is someone in control who needs to learn the meaning of "weekly" and "monthly" and that they are not to be confused with "daily," nor most especially "hourly."  I've had five tests in the last 24 hours and I am sick of the interruptions.

 

It seems there are people working for Comcast who see the system as an opportunity to have fun at the expense of customers. I really can see no other reason for these tests to happen this frequently.

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Member Since: ‎01-09-2012
Posts: 9,684

Re: EAS overload

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renata wrote:

Once again, there is someone in control who needs to learn the meaning of "weekly" and "monthly" and that they are not to be confused with "daily," nor most especially "hourly."  I've had five tests in the last 24 hours and I am sick of the interruptions.

 

It seems there are people working for Comcast who see the system as an opportunity to have fun at the expense of customers. I really can see no other reason for these tests to happen this frequently.


The FCC mandates that traditional video providers provide EAS alerts and EAS tests to all customers. City, county, state and other civil authorities can also trigger an EAS alert without any manual intervention from Comcast, by design.     

Some links below for background:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Alert_System

There are required weekly and monthly tests. Most of the tests are automated and randomized.

a) EAS Participants shall conduct tests at regular intervals, as specified in paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section. Additional tests may be performed anytime. EAS activations and special tests may be performed in lieu of required tests as specified in paragraph (a)(4) of this section

Tons of detail at the link below on what is federally required:

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=75127c72007aa6a3f1ce8fda8cb814e2&rgn=div5&view=text&...


More info at the FCC link below (including how to file an on-line complaint with the FCC)

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/emergency-alert-system-eas