FCC Denies Waiver Of EAS National Code Equipment Compliance
September 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM (PT)
With the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System coming tomorrow (9/27), the FCC has disposed of a challenge to the latest version of the EAS rules by denying a waiver request by GORMAN-REDLICH that would have amended the requirement that participants use equipment capable of converting Common Alerting Protocol messages to EAS-compliant versions.
GORMAN-REDLICH contended that some legacy EAS equipment cannot process the "six zeroes" national code and asked for a waiver to allow use of an "entire state" code instead. The Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau ruled that the rule, when proposed, received unanimous approval from commenters, and that the waiver request failed to show special circumstances that would support a change or the public interest.
The nationwide test will take place at 2:20p (ET) tomorrow.