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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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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