FCC Announces Effective, Compliance Dates for New EAS Rules
Thursday, November 10, 2022 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) announced the effective and compliance dates for its recently updated rules for the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

In September, the FCC adopted a report and order that introduced new rules to improve the clarity and accessibility of EAS messages. Notice of the new rules were published in the Federal Register on Nov. 10, so the effective date of the new rules is December 12.

Additionally, EAS participants must comply with different requirements by different dates. By December 12, 2023, EAS participants must implement new Common Alerting Protocol alert polling and prioritization rules; display the new text for national alert originator code (PEP), the national test code (NPT) and the national emergency code (EAN); display a standard script for NPT alerts issued in legacy format; and deactivate the National Information Center (NIC) code alert processing.

By March 12, 2024, cable systems must update set-top display boxes to show the new EAN text. Additionally, cable providers will be required to replace set-top boxes that cannot be modified with software to display the new EAN text with set-top boxes capable of displaying the new text for users with hearing disabilities who request it. Additionally, cable providers must display information about the availability of set-top boxes that can display the new EAN information. By December 12, 2028, cable providers must replace old set-top cable boxes with the new ones to all subscribers.

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