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Subject: RE: [emergency] Public Warning in FCC Proposed Rule Making 04-296

I will also forward to the EIC to ask their members to consider comments to 
the NPRM that are due this week.  Thanks, Elysa

At 09:35 AM 1/1/2006, Tom Merkle wrote:
>Thank you! I have forwarded this on to the National Public Safety
>Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) so we can discuss this at our meeting
>later this month.
>Tom Merkle
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Eliot Christian [mailto:echristi@usgs.gov]
>Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 9:34 AM
>To: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
>Cc: Art Botterell; Peter Ward; Chris Warner; Jim Devine;
>Gene_Whitney@ostp.eop.gov; David Applegate; Emily Wallace; Teresa
>Fryberger; helen.wood@noaa.gov; ideloatch@usgs.gov;
>kevin.briggs@dhs.gov; David Oppenheimer
>Subject: [emergency] Public Warning in FCC Proposed Rule Making 04-296
>Please encourage people involved in public warning to comment on a
>proposed rule-making by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission:
>   Emergency Alert System (EAS) NPRM - Docket 04-296
>   Comment on whether EAS can be improved to be a more effective
>mechanism for warning the American public of an emergency
>This proposed rule-making states: "We also seek additional comment on
>what actions the Commission, along with our Federal, State and industry
>partners, should take to help expedite the development of a robust,
>state-of-the-art, digitally-based public alert and warning system." (see
>also http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-262016A1.doc
>The deadline seems to be January 5. An upload facility for filing
>comments is at http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/ecfs/Upload/ (linked from
>http://www.fcc.gov )
>Comments are solicited on the document available at
>This document contains, for example, the following statements:
>   67. Common protocols.  The National Center for Missing & Exploited
>Children (NCMEC) argues that emergency alerts should flow rapidly and
>simultaneously through all available information conduits to first
>responders and the public.[1]  Should such a ubiquitous distribution be
>a goal of a digitally-based alert system?  Most commenters agree that in
>order for a digitally-based alert and warning system to be distributed
>simultaneously over multiple platforms, a common messaging protocol must
>be adopted.[2]  We seek comment on this assertion.  SWN Communications,
>Inc. contends that the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), endorsed by the
>PPW and many public and private organizations responsible for alerts,
>offers the most practical means of quickly creating an effective
>interface between the emergency manager and multiple emergency alert and
>notification systems to significantly improve national alert and warning
>capability.[3]  Should CAP be adopted as the common messaging protocol!
>   for a
>ny future digitally-based alert system?  Should we require the adoption
>of CAP for EAS alerts?  If CAP were to be adopted, would it allow
>simultaneous distribution to radio, television, and wireless media such
>as mobile telephones and PDAs?  How would CAP be used to ensure
>uniformity of alerts across such multiple platforms?  For example, if
>the White House were to issue a national message how would CAP
>accommodate an audio message with a shorter, text-based message
>appropriate for a PDA screen?
>[1] National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Comments at
>[2] LogicaCMG plc (LogicaCMG) Comments at 15; NAB/MSTV Comments at
>15-16; National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
>Comments at 3-4; RERC Comments at 9; SWN Communications, Inc. (SWN)
>Comments at 2; Timm Comments at 7; Trilithic, Inc. (Trilithic) Comments
>at 4; Cellular Emergency Alert Systems Association (CEASA) Reply
>Comments at 3-4.
>[3] SWN Comments at 2.
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