As we reported yesterday, the FCC was set to conduct a voluntary DIRS exercise Aug. 23 – Aug. 24. However, due to the possible activation of the DIRS for Hurricane Lane set to hit Hawaii this week, the FCC has postponed the DIRS exercise until Sept. 13. The FCC will send out additional information in advance of the postponed DIRS exercise in early September.
Please note, however, that the postponement of the DIRS exercise does not mean that broadcasters do not need to be cognizant of potential activations of DIRS in cases of emergencies such as hurricanes. In particular, Hawaii broadcasters and other communication providers in the path of Hurricane Lane will need to make certain filings with the Federal Communications Commission if the DIRS is activated. Check CommLawBlog for updated information on what broadcasters will need to know during DIRS activation and exercises.