The Federal Communications Commission postponed until June 30, 2012 the deadline for cable operator compliance with the Emergency Alert System’s (EAS) new Common Alert Protocol (CAP) technology.

ACA President and CEO Matthew Polka applauded the decision.

“With its decision, the FCC is providing cable operators with adequate time to ensure that their investments in CAP equipment and solutions will result in compliance in the most cost effective manner," said Polka in a statement. “As ACA explained in its July 20 comments, the FCC had left unanswered many significant questions regarding the codification of specific obligations for CAP functionality. With the additional nine months announced today, the FCC has time to provide complete guidance well before cable companies and equipment vendors need to come into compliance with CAP requirements."

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