CAP IPAWS OPEN RWTs

July 3, 2012
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Since mid-June, the FEMA has been running an RWT for each time zone Monday thru Friday at 11AM DST (for states with two time zones – or not on DST – it could be an hour earlier or later). Starting July 9th, the FEMA announced that they plan to return to the Monday only...

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June 30, 2012 – The EAS CAP Deadline!

June 30, 2012
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June 30, 2012 – The EAS CAP Deadline!

The long-awaited deadline for those subject to the Federal Communications Commission’s art 11 EAS Rules is here  for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Compliance. Latest word is that there are at least 1000 back orders for equipment at this time. Sorry. No sympathy from me for those who are not in compliance today. There was,...

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Current CAP-EAS Q & A

May 17, 2012
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Current CAP-EAS Q & A

I did an EAS program on May 16 for the San Diego SBE Chapter. I have done several programs for broadcasters and emergency managers related to CAP-EAS and hope to do more. After doing several of these programs, there are still lots of unanswered questions on the minds of those subject to Part 11...

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Version 4.0 – SECC Sample Plan Download – 5/8/2012

May 1, 2012
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 NOTES: This update is a result of incorporating feedback and suggestions from a number of  SECC sources. Version 4.0 incorporates changes to the structure and operation of the SECC, and a FEMA graphic that illustrates the IPAWS OPEN structure. Version 3.1 incorporates corrections and changes suggested by manufacturers and SECC Chairs specific to CAP...

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FCC TTS decision effective date – And thanks to our subscribers!

April 23, 2012
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For anyone wanting a respected legal opinion on the nature and impact of the FCC’s reversal of their decision on Text-To-Speech, David Oxenford with  the law firm of Davis Wright Tremain LLP posted just that on the Broadcast Law Blog. David confirms what we have heard from other sources that this decision will take...

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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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