CAP Deadline Extended

Jim Dalke, Editor

After pressure from the broadcast industry including the NAB and WSAB, the FCC has again extended the deadline for TV and Radio Stations to have EAS equipment compliant with the new Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) rules.  The second extension moves the deadline from September 30, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

The FCC explained that more time is needed to revise Part 11 of the FCC Rules and it cannot impose a deadline by which EAS participants must receive CAP-formatted alerts.  The FCC said, “In this Fourth Report and Order, we have revised the rules to extend the date by which EAS Participants must be able to receive CAP-formatted EAS alert to June 30, 2012.”

The delayed CAP deadline will allow broadcasters to focus on preparation for the first ever national test of the EAS system scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 at 11 a.m. PST.  The national alert allows the president to break into regular broadcast and address the American Public during emergencies.

You can read the official FCC “Fourth Report and Order” at http://sbe.org/sections/documents/FCC-11-136A1.pdf