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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Correcting amendments.

SUMMARY:

This document contains corrections to the final regulations which were published in the Federal Register of Tuesday, April 16, 2002 (67 FR 18502). The regulations related to the technical and operational requirements for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) contained in part 11 of the rules.

DATES:

Effective December 17, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathy Berthot, Enforcement Bureau, Technical and Public Safety Division, at (202) 418-7454.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The final regulations that are the subject of these corrections revised the technical and operational requirements for the EAS. The revisions were intended to enhance the capabilities and performance of the EAS during state and local emergencies, thereby promoting public safety.

Need for Correction

As published, the final regulations inadvertently omitted the existing State and Territory FIPS number codes used in transmitting EAS messages.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 11

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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Accordingly,

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PART 11—EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS)

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1. The authority citation for part 11 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i) and (o), 303(r), 544(g) and 606.

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2. Section 11.31 is amended by revising paragraph (f) as follows:

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EAS Protocol.
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(f) The State, Territory and Offshore (Marine Area) FIPS number codes (SS) are as follows. County FIPS numbers (CCC) are contained in the State EAS Mapbook.

FIPS#
State:
AL01
AK02
AZ04
AR05
CA06
CO08
CT09
DE10
DC11
FL12
GA13
HI15
ID16
IL17
IN18
IA19
KS20
KY21
LA22
ME23
MD24
MA25
MI26
MN27
MS28
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MO29
MT30
NE31
NV32
NH33
NJ34
NM35
NY36
NC37
ND38
OH39
OK40
OR41
PA42
RI44
SC45
SD46
TN47
TX48
UT49
VT50
VA51
WA53
WV54
WI55
WY56
Terr.:
AS60
FM64
GU66
MH68
MH68
PR72
PW70
UM74
VI78
Offshore (Marine Areas) 1:
Eastern North Pacific Ocean, and along U.S. West Coast from Canadian border to Mexican border57
North Pacific Ocean near Alaska, and along Alaska coastline, including the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska58
Central Pacific Ocean, including Hawaiian waters59
South Central Pacific Ocean, including American Samoa waters61
Western Pacific Ocean, including Mariana Island waters65
Western North Atlantic Ocean, and along U.S. East Coast, from Canadian border south to Currituck Beach Light, N.C73
Western North Atlantic Ocean, and along U.S. East Coast, south of Currituck Beach Light, N.C., following the coastline into Gulf of Mexico to Bonita Beach, FL., including the Caribbean75
Gulf of Mexico, and along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the Mexican border to Bonita Beach, FL77
Lake Superior91
Lake Michigan92
Lake Huron93
Lake St. Clair94
Lake Erie96
Lake Ontario97
St. Lawrence River above St. Regis98
1 Effective May 16, 2002, broadcast stations, cable systems and wireless cable systems may upgrade their existing EAS equipment to add these marine area location codes on a voluntary basis until the equipment is replaced. All models of EAS equipment manufactured after August 1, 2003, must be capable of receiving and transmitting these marine area location codes. Broadcast stations, cable systems and wireless cable systems which replace their EAS equipment after February 1, 2004, must install equipment that is capable of receiving and transmitting these location codes.
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[FR Doc. 02-31712 Filed 12-16-02; 8:45 am]

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