New FCC EAS Rules To Take Effect April 23rd
March 23, 2012 at 4:04 AM (PT)
The FCC's new Emergency Alert System rules have been published in the Federal Register, making the rule effective APRIL 23rd.
Among the changes, 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.