WASHINGTON (CN) – The Federal Communication Commission requests informal comment regarding whether rule changes for the Emergency Alert System are necessary, in light of the introduction of the Common Alerting Protocol, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.
The Common Alerting Protocol is a data interchange for collecting and distributing emergency warnings to multiple information networks, public safety alerting systems, and personal communications devices. The protocol will allow FEMA, the National Weather Service, state governors and others to automatically format and geo-target a particular alert simultaneously to the public over multiple media platforms such as television radio, cable, cell phones and electronic highway signs. The protocol also will allow alerts to be specifically formatted for people with disabilities and for non-English speakers.
All Emergency Alert System participants must accept Common Alerting Protocol based alerts 180 days after the date on which FEMA publishes the applicable technical standards for their system, which may be as early as the third quarter of 2010.
FCC regulations do not include the Common Alerting Protocol.
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