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April 19, 2012 – FCC Reverses Text-To-Speech Decision

April 19, 2012
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Today (4/19/12) the FCC overturned their prohibition announced in their Fifth Report and Order on the use of CAP EAS Text To Speech (TTS). Their decision today proves that the EAS user community along with FEMA succeeded in making a strong case for this reversal. If you have not vistited the FCC’s Electronic Comment...

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Update on BWWG Sample Plan Writing Workshop at NAB, April 15

April 15, 2012
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Update on BWWG  Sample Plan Writing Workshop at NAB, April 15

Twenty-Five EAS subject experts participated in the Broadcast Warning Working Group (BWWG) SECC plan writing workshop today at NAB in Las Vegas: Adrienne Abbott, Nevada SECC / BWWG Alan Alsobrook, Wholenews Manny Centano, FEMA Bill Croghan, Nevada SECC Ed Czarnecki, Monroe Electronics Jim Dalke, Washington State SECC Larry Estlack, Dir. Of Technology, MAB James...

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BWWG Files in Support of FEMA Request for the FCC to Lift the TTS Ban

April 1, 2012
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As most of you know, FEMA has filed a Petition for Partial Reconsideration for the provision in the FCC’s Fifth Report and Order that would prohibit use of Text-To-Speech (TTS) features that are a key benefit of CAP. Eight state emergency managers have so far also asked the FCC to reconsider their TTS decision,...

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Why we Need Text To Speech

March 14, 2012
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Joe Mauk, Chair of California’s San Joaquin Valley SECC, sent us the following RMT sound file recorded off the air on 9/27/2011 that was broadcast on KMGV. The RMT came from the National Weather Service’s low band VHF NOAA Weather Radio (NWS NWR) in Hanford, California. The audio quality and intelligibility are poor. There...

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This Just In: FEMA Files Petition for Partial Reconsideration for EAS Fifth Report and Order

March 12, 2012
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At a meeting in Washington, DC today that Adrienne Abbott* and I attended that Suzanne Goucher* and Ann Arnold* with NASBA organized, FEMA announced they have filed a Petition for Partial Reconsideration of the FCC’s Fifth Report and Order. This issue is no surprise: Text-To-Speech. The FCC announced at the meeting today that they...

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Examples of Text-To-Speech (TTS) CAP EAS messaging

March 2, 2012
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Courtesy of Marlin Jackson in Washington State, we have posted two audio files of “as aired” TTS tests. One for his DTV station, KXLY-DT FebRMT_KXLY-DT_(SAGE) The other for his FM station, KXLY. FebRMT_KXLY-FM_(WSI)

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EAS Text To Speech Must be Allowed – NOW!

February 25, 2012
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EAS Text To Speech Must be Allowed – NOW!

We found out in the FCC’s Part 11 Fifth Report and Order that Text-To-Speech (TTS) EAS messaging will not be allowed at this time saying in so many words that the technology is not ready yet. The Broadcast Warning Working Group disagrees. Here’s why. Washington State has already implemented TTS, and it works! Marlin...

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Two Steps Forward: A Simple Plan For Where We Need To Go, and How We Can Get There

February 14, 2012
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The Emergency Alert System (EAS) Notice of Inquiry (NOI) proposed rule changes for EAS that included a call for “Governor Must Carry” (GMC). GMC was put into the NOI because of broadcaster complaints that governors were not using EAS to tell traffic fleeing from events like Hurricane Ike that all highways were converted to...

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2/11/2012 UPDATE: Who is using the Common Alerting Protocol?

February 11, 2012
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2/11/2012 UPDATE: Who is using the Common Alerting Protocol?

        In case you would like to see a sampling of public and private entities who are using or will use CAP, here are links courtesy of Art Botterell’s Incident.com site. As many of you know, Art was principally responsible for getting CAP vetted as an open, non-proprietary, international standard for...

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FCC says: CAP-in, SAME-out

January 29, 2012
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FCC says: CAP-in, SAME-out

As mentioned on the EAS Forum remailer, the Broadcast Warning Working Group (BWWG) will post AWARE Forum articles on our site, and the AWARE Forum will allow a BWWG author to post on their site. As many subscribers to this list know, Gary Timm is one of the AWARE Forum’s principal authors and has...

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