Table of Contents - October 17, 2017

Court Affirms FCC Order Rejecting Multilingual EAS Alert Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today affirmed an order adopted by the FCC last year in which it rejected a request by groups that petitioned the agency to mandate multilingual Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages.

Today's decision in "Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council and the League of United Latin American Citizens v. FCC" (case 16-1222) drew a partial concurrence and dissent from one member of the three-judge panel, who concluded "that the Commission's regulatory foot-dragging" on the multilingual EAS issue was arbitrary and capricious.

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