Senate passes disaster bill.

The SANDy Act—an acronym for Securing Access to Network Disasters—amends the present law to include radio, TV, cable and satellite to the list of essential services with access to disaster sites for restoration and repair of service. The bill passed unanimously, and now goes to the Pres. for signature. According to NAB Executive Vice President/Communications Dennis Wharton, “As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have demonstrated, hometown radio and TV stations play a life-saving role as ‘first informers’ during times of emergencies, and this legislation will provide local broadcasters with access to vital resources to stay on the air when disaster strikes.”