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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