FCC Issues Changes In EAS CAP Rules
January 12, 2012 at 6:31 AM (PT)
The FCC has released its Fifth Report and Order revising the Emergency Alert System rules, the second of two orders implementing Part 11 rule changes for streamlining and incorporation of the Common Alert Protocol standard for alerts.
Among the actions taken in the latest order, the Commission is requiring EAS participants to be able to convert CAP-formatted EAS messages into messages that comply with the EAS Protocol requirements; to monitor FEMA's IPAWS system for CAP-formatted alerts; and to use enhanced text in CAP messages to meet video display requirements.
Also, EAS participants will be permitted, with some restrictions, to use intermediary devices to meet CAP-related obligations; New procedures are being adopted for equipment certification; The rule requiring participants to receive and transmit CAP-formatted messages from state governors has been eliminated as "unnecessary"; and other rules regarding Emergency Action Notifications have been streamlined with some provisions eliminated.