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FCC Invites Comments on NPRM and Emergency Alert System Accessibility

March 31, 2016
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Comment Due Date: May 9, 2016
Reply Comment Due Date: June 7, 2016

On January 28, 2016, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to strengthen the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and requested comment on how to ensure emergency alerts and outreach activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including the use of new and emerging technologies, such as text-to-speech, alert signaling, and American Sign Language video alerts.

On March 24, 2016, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the comment due dates, as indicated above. Comments may be filed in PS Docket Nos. 15-94 and 15-91 in http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/.

Links to the Public Notice:
Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-311A1.docx
PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-311A1.pdf
Text: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-311A1.txt

Links to the January 28, 2016 NPRM:
Web: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-proposes-strengthening-emergency-alert-system
Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-16-5A1.docx
PDF, 105 pages: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-16-5A1.pdf
Text: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-16-5A1.txt

For further information, contact Brenda Boykin, Attorney Advisor, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-2062 or Brenda.Boykin@fcc.gov or James Wiley, Attorney Advisor, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, at (202) 418-1678 or James.Wiley@fcc.gov. The ASL Consumer Support Line may be reached via videophone at (844) 432-2275.

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