CSRIC Approves Part 11 CAP Changes

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Washington, DC - Oct 7, 2010 - At its meeting on Oct. 7, 2010, the Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) reviewed and approved it recommendations for changes to FCC Part 11 rules concerning EAS and CAP.

CSRIC Working Group 5A, which deals with CAP, has submitted specific recommendations on rule changes, provided general comment and analysis regarding the Part 11 regulatory structure, and has suggested actions the FCC can take to improve EAS access for people with disabilities and non-English speaking communities. In all, there are 33 technical recommendations, including proposed language to be included in a rulemaking. Comments of note:

  • Clarify how Governor must-carry messages will be implemented
  • EAS participants should be required to monitor multiple IP?]based CAP alert sources
  • EAS Equipment Requirement tables need to be revised to reflect the range of new CAP EAS equipment that will be required
  • Add Ethernet input and multiple IP source requirements

    The Working Group made several specific recommendations:

  • The FCC should revise its rules governing EAS to accommodate CAP.
  • The FCC should extend the timeline by which all EAS participants are expected to adopt CAP from 180 to 360 days.
  • Ensure state and local governments update their EAS plans to accommodate CAP in a timely fashion.
  • Recommend the FCC consider initiating a procedure or hosting a workshop to explore feasibility of developing a National Relay Center. (The National Relay Center would be source of information for deaf and hard of hearing, the blind and visually impaired, caregivers in group homes, people with physical disabilities, as well as others.)
  • Recommend the FCC research methodologies employed by bilingual and multilingual countries such as Canada, Israel and Belgium.

    The report was approved unanimously.

    Industry groups, including the NAB, SBE and NASBA, are expected to file comments with the FCC on the 180-day clock and to request updates to Part 11 before CAP is mandated in EAS plans.

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