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Looking for Answers on EAS

Stations have been wondering whether they need new EAS decoders with the new system.
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Let’s hope FEMA has a more complete answer to what its plans are for integrating next-gen emergency alert technologies — including the Common Alert Protocol architecture — and state government operations at the upcoming FCC EAS Summit here in D.C. on May 19.

A FEMA representative speaking at an EAS panel at the recent NAB convention told attendees that the agency has a plan in mind but he couldn’t share it just yet. FEMA has not yet released “CAP-to-EAS” specs.

Stations have been wondering whether they need new EAS decoders with the new system. At the same session, Gerry LeBow of Sage said the answer will be yes, though it’s not yet clear whether all EAS participants need to have CAP-to-EAS decoders or simply be able to receive CAP-decoded messages.

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