4/20/2012

The Federal Communications Commission has changed course on text-to-speech for emergency alert systems, by allowing broadcasters to use text-to-speech tools for emergency alerts. The FCC in January banned the use of TTS in Common Alert Protocol messages because of concerns over whether they were accurate and reliable. However, the agency decided to make TTS an option after hearing objections from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which said a TTS ban would constrain its development and potentially could "disrupt" distribution of National Weather Service alerts, among other problems.

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