EAS and LPFM changes become official.

The FCC voted unanimously to bring EAS rules up to date by combining FEMA and Presidential alerts into one alert class for wireless devices and making them mandatory. A new “National Alerts” initiative encourages states to form “Emergency Communications Committees” to shore up state EAS planning and tracking. Meanwhile, the Commission moved forward on changes to the LPFM rules—the ability to use directional antennas, allowing LPFM licensees to own FM booster translators, but no power increases and no requirement for lab-certification of LPFM transmitters.