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FCC Moves To Improve EAS Messages

The FCC has updated its Emergency Alert System rules so they are more informative and easier to understand by the public. The updated rules will also see the replacement of the technical jargon that accompanies certain alerts, including test messages, with plain language terms so that the visual and audio messages are clearer to the public.

The updated rules require broadcasters, cable systems, and other Emergency Alert System participants to transmit the Internet-based version of alerts to the public when available, rather than transmit the legacy version of alerts. EAS is made up of both a legacy and internet-based system; with the internet-based system offering better messaging capabilities.

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