FCC Seeks More Comment On EAS Rule Revision
May 27, 2011 at 4:26 AM (PT)
The FCC has issued a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to the Emergency Alert System, seeking comment on a revision to Part 11 that would codify the obligation to convert and process Common Alerting Protocol-formatted alert messages in the same manner as those sent in EAS Protocol.
The rule revision would require EAS participants to monitor RSS feeds from FEMA and state alert systems, and the notice asks participants whether they should be allowed to use "intermediary devices that convert CAP-formatted messages into EAS Protocol-formatted messages for transmission over the EAS Participants' transmission platforms." Related items open for comment include certification of CAP-compliant devices, extension of the CAP-compliance deadline beyond SEPTEMBER 30th, processing of CAP-formatted alerts from state Governors, priority processing of Emergency Action Notifications, and deletion of the Attention Signal provisions of Part 11.
Comments will be due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, with replies 45 days after publication.