The Society of Broadcast Engineers participated in a coalition of major broadcast industry groups that filed comments on October 21 with the FCC to EB Docket 04-296, petitioning for an extension to the 180-day clock to become compliant with the recently announced changes to the EAS. The filing requested a six month extension to the 180 day clock.
The SBE, NAB, MSTV, PBS, NPR, 46 state broadcaster associations and other major broadcast organizations were all co-signers to the filing.
The group stated that the extension is necessary so that:
a) equipment certification related to CAP can be accomplished
b) allow time for a rule-making to modify FCC Part 11 rules that incorporate the use of CAP
Without an extension, the 180 day clock is set to expire March 29, 2011. At that time, stations would need to have purchased and installed CAP-compliant equipment, capable of receiving CAP messages.
A copy of the complete EAS filing is available on the SBE website.
SBE also has an FAQ on this subject on the SBE website.