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Sage EAS Users Get a Deadline Extension From the FCC

But users of other equipment must still comply by Dec. 12

Users of Sage equipment: You now have another 90 days to meet that pending FCC deadline for updating your EAS firmware.

Users of EAS products from other vendors: The Dec. 12 deadline still applies to you.

The chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has issued an order in response to a request from REC Networks and the National Association of Broadcasters.

REC and NAB had asked for an extension of time for stations to comply with the requirement that participants in the Emergency Alert System, including broadcast stations, prioritize the Common Alerting Protocol-formatted version of an EAS message when they receive both a CAP and legacy version of the same alert. The deadline for EAS participants to comply is Dec. 12. For most participants, that means updating their equipment’s firmware.

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