EAS changes take effect EOM.

Now that the FCC’s revisions to the Emergency Alert Systems rules have been published in the Federal Register, the countdown clock has started, with Zero Day set as July 30. The Report and Order sets up the national location code required to be recognized by all EAS equipment as “six zeros” (000000); all EAS gear must be able to process a “National Periodic Test” event code; there is an “Electronic Test Report System” standard for test data; and compliance is required with “minimum accessibility” rules. Stations will have a 12-month window starting July 30 to comply with the changes.