New EAS Rule Changes Become Effective; Implementation Deadline Now Set

Posted on November 29th, 2022 by

The FCC’s recent Report & Order changing the EAS rules was published in the Federal Register and the new rules will become effective December 12, 2022.  The modified rules direct EAS participants – within one year of the effective date, so by December 12, 2023 — to transmit certain messages in an IP-based format rather than the versions in the legacy EAS format, which usually convey less information.  In addition, the new rules require EAS participants to replace the technical jargon that now automatically appears in the text of certain messages, including EAS test announcements, with plain language that will be more easily understood by the public and provide more accurate information for individuals who cannot access the audio message.

EAS equipment manufacturers are aware of the rule change and will likely be implementing equipment or software updates to ensure that stations can comply with the new rules.  Check with your EAS equipment manufacturer for any cost and timing details so your station remains compliant.