Wednesday, May 30, 2007

FCC Targets Next Gen Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The FCC adopted an order seeking to strengthen the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS) while developing fully digital next generation technologies and delivery systems.

The order requires EAS participants to accept messages using Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), the groundwork for Next Generation EAS delivery systems, no later than 180 days after FEMA announces its adoption of standards in each case.

The use of CAP aims to ensure the efficient and rapid transmission of EAS alerts to the American public in a variety of formats (including text, audio and video) and via different means (broadcast, cable, satellite, and other networks) and to promote the development of Next Generation EAS.

Among the key points, the FCC's order expands the EAS system by requiring participation by wireline video providers.

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