NAB Files Comments In FCC's EAS Proceeding
July 20, 2011 at 5:01 PM (PT)
The NAB's comments in the FCC's Emergency Alert System docket support the Commission's proposed "transitional approach" developing the Common Alerting Protocol digital system on parallel wth the EAS, and urge the Commission to adopt flexible Part 11 rules to allow for changing technology, but reiterates its concern that state-level EAS messages be allowed to be activated by officials beneath the gubernatorial level.
The NAB also asked for a 180-day extension from the current SEPTEMBER 30th, 2011 deadline for stations to comply with the requirement that they be able to receive and decode CAP messages. Engineering firm COHEN, DIPPELL AND EVERIST also asked for an extension of the deadline, in that case 60 days, and ADRIENNE ABBOTT-GUTIERREZ also asked for an extension and suggested that the rule allowing some broadcasters to stick with older EAS equipment be eliminated in favor of requiring all stations, including FM and TV translators, to have CAP-compliant EAS equipment.