The mid-July 2007 further notice of proposed rulemaking from the FCC concerning EAS has begun the process of bringing the system into the 21st Century. However, the FCC action raises more questions than it answers.
The new EAS rules are designed to facilitate delivery of emergency information across a variety of platforms in a digital format and to provide improved access for disabled persons. The change likely to have the greatest impact on broadcasters is the FCC's adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) for all EAS participants.
According to a release from the FCC, the order promotes the development of fully digital next generation technologies and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.
Broadcast Electronics Develops EAS Text Messagecasting
With help from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, 30 Mississippi radio stations have installed Global Security Systems' First Alert System to deliver emergency alerts and enhanced RDS data to first responders and listeners.
Newer RBDS and satellite-based alerting systems offer the advantage of targeted messaging.
Weather warnings have been pouring into the studios all night about as fast as the falling rain outside. The air staff braces for another round of storms
Remembering an EBS incident.
Information about firmware updates for EAS units following the FCC Report and Order and subsequent AMBER additions.
What is covered by the latest changes to EAS? The simple answer is a time extension and new event codes, but what does this mean?
The FCC has made several changes to its rules governing the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS).