03.23.2012 09:20 AM
Revised EAS Regs Take Effect Next Month
The revised EAS rules take effect on April 23.
The regs codify the obligation to process emergency messages
in the Common Alerting Protocol and also eliminate outdated portions of the
commission’s EAS rules.
The action comes just in time as broadcasters must have
operational CAP-compliant encoders/decoders at their stations by June 30.
Both FEMA and a group of EAS equipment suppliers had asked
the FCC to reconsider its decision to defer text-to-speech conversion for a
separate proceeding. That doesn’t seem to have happened based on yesterday’s Federal Register
triggered the effective date.
-- Radio World