Companies keep getting fined for playing fake emergency alert tones
The FCC is fining yet another broadcaster for playing the Emergency Alert System tone when it shouldn’t have. The latest fine, being issued today, is for $1 million from iHeartCommunications, which played the tone during an October broadcast of “The Bobby Bones Show,” a major country music show. This is the fifth action over the misuse of the alert system in just six months, suggesting the commission is serious about preventing its misuse. In particular, it’s concerned that people will start to ignore the tone if they believe it’s often used in false circumstances, leading to potential safety issues when an actual warning arrives. iHeartCommunications has agreed to pay the fine.
Source:: The Verge