FEMA Asks FCC to Reconsider Portions of EAS Decision
March 14, 2012
FEMA has asked the
FCC to reconsider portions of its latest EAS Report and Order.
The agency has told
the commission that portions of its 5th Report & Order on EAS limits the
ability of local emergency management officials to reap the benefits of Common
Alerting Protocol messaging standards for EAS.
The FCC had deferred
text-to-speech conversion for a separate proceeding. That is at the heart of
FEMA’s objections. FEMA writes
that one possible consequence of not allowing such conversions is that CAP
messages supplied without audio content may cause a CAP-EAS device to interrupt
the station programming and only convey an EAS header, possibly an alert signal
and an end-of-message notification.
For radio, “no
information usable by the public would be conveyed,” according to Antwane
Johnson, division director of FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning
System, which urged the FCC to allow speech-to-text technology to support EAS.
-- Radio World