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FCC Missing and Endangered Person (MEP) Event Code

Introduction

Native Public Media sponsored a resolution at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Convention petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a Missing and Endangered Event Code (MEP). The MEP Event Code will use the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to distribute messaging to the public about missing or endangered persons 18 years and older, like the Amber Alert. IPAWS is available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

  • Click here to read the NPM MEP Resolution passed by NCAI.

March 14, 2024, FCC Open Meeting

The FCC Commissioners will consider approval of the MEP Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on March 14, 2024. The public is invited to attend.

  • Click here to view the open meeting details.

  • Click here for the ‘Communications Daily’ article covering the MEP Event Code.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

An NPRM is the official document that announces the proposed rule(s) and explains the agency's plan to address a problem or accomplish a goal.

  • Click here to read the MEP NPRM Fact Sheet.

Federal Register

If the FCC votes yes on the NPRM during the Open Meeting on March 14, 2024, the NPRM will be published in the Federal Register. All proposed rules must be published in the Federal Register to notify the public and allow them to submit comments. The proposed rule and the public comments received on it form the basis of the final rule.

MEP NPRM Public Comments

Check the Federal Register for the dates of the “Comment Period” and “Reply Comment Period.” Comment periods can be 30 or 60 days or longer. Reply Comments allow you to read the comments of others filed during the “Comment Period.” You can agree or disagree with the comments of others or file additional comments in the Reply Comment Period. The FCC will read all the public comments and decide the final rules.

Tribal Consultation

The FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy plans to host Tribal Consultations about the MEP NPRM. An announcement will likely come after the March 14, 2024, FCC Open Meeting.

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