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The FCC is seeking comments on ACA’s petition for reconsideration of part of the agency’s Emergency Alert System order. Specifically, the group wants to do away with the requirement that systems with fewer than 501 subs and lack of physical access to a wireline broadband connection at the headend have to file waivers to be exempted from the FCC’s requirement that EAS messages be formatted in Common Alert Protocol. Instead, ACA wants a streamlined waiver process to shift the burden off these systems, subject to operator compliance. The FCC is seeking comments on the petition, asking several questions, including whether a system’s access to wireless or a satellite broadband connection provide sufficient bandwidth for complying with the order. — Meanwhile, SCTE has published a new doc to provide guidance to operators on adoption of the CAP for EAS warnings. It’s available for free at www.scte.org.

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