FCC Announces Dates for EAS, WEA Compliance
Monday, June 06, 2022 | Comments

The FCC announced dates for compliance with new rules related to the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

In June 2021, the commission released a report and order implementing provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 (NDAA21) by adopting new rules to improve the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Certain of these rules were submitted as new or revised information collections for approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) prior to becoming effective.

On April 14, the OMB approved the information collections associated with the report and order. On June 6, the FCC published notice of approval in the Federal Register, setting dates for compliance with certain portions of the rules.

Compliance with a series of new rules is required as of June 6. These requirements are:
• That states submit annual EAS plans
• That the commission approve or reject state EAS plans in 60 days
• That state emergency communications committees (SECs) annually certify that they met at least once in the prior year to review and update the state EAS plan before filing
• Rules facilitating WEA and EAS false report alerting by government entities

Meanwhile, compliance with the portion of the order that requires commercial mobile service (CMS) to update handset displays to rename Presidential Alerts to National Alerts is required by July 31.

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