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PUBLIC NOTICE


DA 06-483
Released:  March 1, 2006

EAS WAIVERS FOR CERTAIN SMALL CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEMS REQUESTING WAIVER
EXTENSIONS EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 2006 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO SUPPORT CERTAIN PENDING EAS WAIVER REQUESTS SOUGHT
BY APRIL 15, 2006

By this Public Notice, the Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal
Communications Commission (Commission) extends the waivers of the Emergency
Alert System (EAS) requirements under section 11.11(a) of the Commission's
Rules (Rules), 11 C.F.R.  11.11(a), previously granted to the cable
television companies listed in Appendices A and B.  Specifically, for those
companies listed in Appendix A, we grant a brief extension of their current
waivers until June 30, 2006, to allow time for the Bureau to review the
information filed in support of their waiver requests.  For those companies
listed in Appendix B, we allow them until April 15, 2006, to correct their
filings by supplying all information required to support a request for an
EAS waiver, as set forth below.  In the absence of such a correction, the
companies listed in Appendix B must come into compliance with the
Commission's EAS rules by June 30, 2006.

BACKGROUND

The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 added
new section 624(g) to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, which
required that cable systems be capable of providing EAS alerts to their
subscribers.1  Pursuant to this provision, in 1994, the Commission adopted
rules requiring cable systems to participate in EAS.2  In 1997, the
Commission extended the deadline for cable systems serving fewer than 10,000
subscribers to comply with the EAS rules to October 1, 2002.

The Commission also set standards under which these small companies could
request a waiver of the October 1, 2002 deadline.3  Over 300 cable companies
received such extensions, which were to last one, two, or three years. The
last group of extensions, granted to approximately 100 small cable
companies, was due to expire on October 1, 2005.  On September 23, 2005, the
Enforcement Bureau released an Order that extended all existing EAS cable
waivers from October 1, 2005 to March 1, 2006.4  Subsequently, 56 small
cable providers filed requests for further extension of the March 1
deadline.

To allow the Bureau sufficient time to review the newly filed supporting
data, we hereby extend the EAS compliance date to June 30, 2006, for the
cable companies listed in Appendix A.  By that date, the Bureau will address
the substance of the waiver requests.  The companies listed in Appendix B
must supplement their current filings, no later than April 15, 2006, to
include all information required under the Commission's rules and orders.5
In the absence of such a filing, any company listed in Appendix B must come
into compliance with the Commission's EAS rules no later than June 30, 2006.
The extension granted by this Public Notice applies only to those small
cable companies listed in Appendices A and B, i.e., those companies that
filed requests prior to the release of this Public Notice.  All other cable
companies that had been subject to the September 23rd Order are expected to
be in compliance with the Commission's EAS rules no later than March 1,
2006.
 
Enforcement Bureau Contact:  Bonnie Gay (202) 418-1199.
News Media Contact:  Janice Wise (202) 418-8165.


-FCC-





Appendix A

Branch Cable
Buford Communications, LP
Cable Communications of Willsboro
Carson Communications
Cass Cable TV
CenCom, Inc.
Cequel III Communications
Charter Communications
Com-Link, Inc.
Consolidated Cable, Inc.
DuCom Cable T.V.
Glass Antenna Systems
Glenwood Telecom
Goldfield Communications Services
Green Hills Multi-Media
Grove Communications
Hamilton County Cable
Hart Cable, Inc.
Howard Cable
Hyde County Cablevision
James Cable
Karban TV Systems
Livermore Cable
Lone Pine Television
Milestone Communications
Milford Cable TV
Millennium Digital Media
Minerva Valley Cablevision
Neu Ventures, Inc., d/b/a Mountain Zone TV Systems
NewWave Communications
Nex-Tech, Inc.
North American Communications
North State Cablevision
Northland Cable Properties
Northland Communications
Nova Cablevision, Inc.
Oldtown Community Systems
PEC Cable
Pine Rural TV Cable
Pinpoint Communications
Polaris Cable
Prairieburg Telephone Co.
Project Services, Inc.
Rio Cablevision, Inc.
Riviera Cable TV
Tel-Star Cablevision, Inc.
Upper Peninsula Communications
US Cable of Coastal-Texas
Waterville Cable TV


Appendix B

Beck's Cable System 
Bocco Cable
Cable Services, Inc.
Classic Communications d/b/a Cebridge Connections
CNMI Cablevision, LLC, dba Marianas Cablevision
Hawkeye Telephone Co. 
Herr Cable
Whitehall Cable TV