The Federal Communications Commission has adopted an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks public comment on whether the role of travelers information stations should be expanded.

TIS stations serve as a local AM radio communications channel that is diverse and reliable particularly for motorists seeking information and updates on traffic congestion, accidents and weather reports. Expansion of TIS’ role to provide travelers with other types of emergency information and alerts may benefit the public interest not only through redundancy, but particularly during power blackouts when traditional means of communications may be inoperable.