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Budget Now for EAS Upgrades

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FCC-mandated changes to the Emergency Alert System are scheduled to go into effect on December 12. These changes may require software and/or hardware updates that broadcasters should budget for now.

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MAB & State Associations File Opposition to Proposed EAS Changes

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The MAB, in combination with the state broadcasters associations of all 50 states filed Joint Comments on December 23 arguing against the FCC’s proposed imposition of new EAS cybersecurity monitoring and reporting obligations and harsh enforcement policies on EAS Participants like broadcasters until the FCC has at least undertaken a number of other steps to improve the safety and security of EAS.

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FCC Issues Alert on DASDEC EAS Equipment

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On November 23, 2022, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an Advisory on security vulnerabilities in DASDEC EAS encoder/decoder devices sold by Digital Alert Systems (formerly Monroe Electronics).

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EAS CAP Polling Equipment Update Information

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Your MAB has been tracking the progress of EAS equipment manufacturers and their plans for making their products compliant with the new CAP polling requirements set by the FCC to be in place by December 12, 2023.

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FCC Adopts Order to Improve EAS Alerting

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In a September 29 release, the Federal Communications Commission today updated its Emergency Alert System rules so that alerts delivered over television and radio are more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly people with disabilities.

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FCC’s Rosenworcel Wants to Strengthen EAS Security

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Back to News FCC’s Rosenworcel Wants to Strengthen EAS Security September 9, 2022 Jessica Rosenworcel In a news release dated September 7, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is proposing action to bolster the security of the nation’s public alert and warning systems, the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts delivered to the public through alerts…

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FEMA Issues Alert on Vulnerability in EAS Encoder/Decoder Devices

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Next Best Thing Technology Tour Coming to Michigan in August

The 2022 “Next Best Thing” Media Tour, hosted by Broadcasters General Store and Second Opinion Communications will be visiting Michigan August 17-19 with stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The tour brings the best and new innovative technologies in broadcasting and will feature products from over 25 companies and will showcase the new NBT…

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Broadcasters Urge FCC to Leave EAS Unchanged, Calling It ‘Vital Backup’

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In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, broadcasters are urging the Commission to not mess with success. “Although internet connectivity can be affected by weather and other extreme conditions, the legacy EAS system is always available to provide a resilient, redundant pathway when internet outages occur,” the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) wrote. It…

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No National EAS Test in 2022

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According to FEMA, there will be no EAS or IPAWS test for broadcasters in 2022. This was announced at the NAB last week. According to a report appearing in Inside Radio, FEMA Deputy Assistant Administrator Antwane Johnson stated: “It will not happen this year.  We are planning to do that in the early part of…

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