In two recent informal conversations with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staffers it was stated that the FCC intends to release its revised Emegency Alert System (EAS) rules covering the use of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) in EAS alerts by the end of 2011. The Commission released its proposed EAS CAP rules on May 26, 2011, and has been considering the public comments it received on those proposed rules since that comment period closed on August 4, 2011. The rules the FCC intends to release by year’s end will be the final EAS CAP rules stated in an FCC Report and Order, and no further comment will be accepted on those implemented rules. Although the FCC says that there is far more follow-up on the National EAS Test being required by Congress and other parties than was originally anticipated, the Commission still feels it can meet its year-end target for release of the EAS CAP rules. Stay with AWARE for further updates.