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EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments

EAS GIS Mapping

Develop a high-level GIS map to identify locations using GPS coordinates. Consider using the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Information to manage disclosure of EAS/IPAWS locations. Access could be managed through the Responders’ Knowledge Base.

The map can be a scalable device and can use levels of access so it can be of use by agencies or the public. As the EAS system grows and includes other technologies,... more »

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EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments

Best Practices: Use of Local EAS Plans

Today's webinar did not really highlight the role of local EAS plans in verifying monitoring assignments. I think that the best practices document should refer broadcast and cable systems to their local plans to verify that all local monitor assignments are indeed connected to EAS devices. It might also remind everyone that having a local plan posted at the EAS operating point is an FCC compliance requirement.

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EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments

EAS Internet Survey

Is the Internet really less reliable than broadcast? Back in May I sent a notice to the stations on my EAS list asking if they had Internet service at their studios for their new CAP EAS equipment. There are more than 200 stations in the Nevada EAS Operational Area. Of the 46 that responded, only 1 did not have Internet service. And in that case, it is the owner’s choice to not have Internet service…he doesn’t want to... more »

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EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments

Reinforcing local EAS

Reports of interruptions to the Internet after the Northeast Quake are coming in. Maybe more people will now be more open to what Washington State calls Local Relay Networks (LRN's) to reinforce links between warning centers and broadcast entry points? The BWWG brought this issue up in our recent Comments filed with the Commission. When the SBE was filing Comments on previous EAS issues, the EAS Committee recommended... more »

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EAS Rules Clarification

Cable Override Clarification

A number of cable systems today are locked into blanket channel override right now for EAS. The FCC should set a "date certain"when all cable head end equipment should be capable of selective override and at that "date certain", cable systems should assume TV stations will not be overridden UNLESS they ask their cable system in writing that they be overridden - a reverse of present policy. Part 11 should be adjusted accordingly.... more »

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EAS Rules Clarification

Harmonising EAS and program content playout

A major source of contention is the lack of harmony of EAS and program content. While there are events that should always be given the ability to immediately override program, "Priority 1" this is not so fo many alerts. If a priority scheme can be associated with the event codes, and lower priorities (higher numbers) can be assigned progressively longer timeout periods before proceeding to override the program, perhaps... more »

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