FCC to hold next-generation EAS summit

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau will hold a summit on the nation’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) May 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at commission headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The summit, entitled “Promoting an Effective Emergency Alert System on the Road to a Next Generation EAS,”will focus on the current state of the nation’s EAS and what is needed to transition to a more robust, next generation alert and warning system.

The agenda for the meeting calls for two panel discussions. The first will look at where the nation’s EAS initiative stands currently. It will focus on system failure points, ways to improve test protocols and promoting the education and training for broadcasters and other EAS participants.

The second panel will examine next generation technologies and look at how to ensure compatibility between federal implementation of the Common Alert Protocol (CAP) and state government operations.

The summit is open to the public, but admittance will be limited to available seating. The meeting also will be streamed via the Internet from: www.fcc.gov/realaudio.

Those wishing to attend the meeting can pre-register at: www.fcc.gov/pshs/summits/eas .