Voluntary Participation

As redefined in the 1990 regional FCC workshops on the EBS. Voluntary participation in local EAS activations means that broadcasters are encouraged to carry all EAS activations that concern the safety of life and property. The Commission deems it reasonable and proper that each broadcaster choose, in advance, to agree or not to agree to participate in all local EAS activations and that such be reflected in the EAS Plans. Local government, the National Weather Service, and broadcasters must know, in advance, which stations choose not to participate. A "maybe" must be construed as a choice for non- participation. The digital and automatic features of the EAS successfully remove extenuating staffing or technical circumstances that prevent or limit participation in local EBS activations.

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