FCC Extends Deadline for Emergency Alert System (EAS) CAP Compliance Until June 30, 2012

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The FCC today announced that it is extending the deadline for participants to comply with the new EAS CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) rules until June 30, 2012. The deadline had previously been set for just two weeks from now, September 30th; however, in light of the fact that the FCC had yet to finalize all of the new EAS CAP rules, it decided to extend the deadline until next June. Thus, according to today's Order, available here, EAS participants will be required to be able to receive CAP-formatted EAS alerts no later than June 30, 2012. Such an extension had been widely supported by EAS participants and commenters in the current EAS CAP rule making proceeding. The FCC expects to adopt the CAP-based revisions to its Emergency Alert System rules in a subsequent order, and it expects those new rules to be out sufficiently in advance of the June 30, 2012 deadline in order to allow EAS participants ample time to come into compliance with those new rules.

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