I was just watching TV and Comcast broke in with the EBS for a child abduction. The audio was so garbled and broken I could only make out a few words, not enough to make sense. I did hear "armed and dangerous" but without a description or any other useful info that doesn't help.
I have to ask, is this any way to run a freakin' EMERGENCY broadcast system?
This is the second time this happened in a few days. In a real emergency the EBS would be useless crap.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. --George Orwell
The current EBS system dates back to the cold war where the President was able to address the nation in an event. Each television and radio station listens to two others using off-the-air receivers which feed a printer (!) and in the event of certain levels of messages it sets off a buzzer/alarm. The country and states are split into alert zones which regionalize things like Amber Alerts and weather alerts.
The FCC has been working with industry over the last year or so for a new system which really needs to be digtial and fully addressable down to individual cities.
With certain level alerts if the automated message pass-through fails the station has to repair and repeat the message with an announcer later. Some messages don't have to be passed along at all - purely optional. They can also be delayed for broadcasting between songs on the radio or television program segments. The Presidential announcement of an emergency and the recinding of the emergency are mandatory immediate messages.
(it's been a long time since I was a radio operator but I still follow the regulation changes)
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