Mobile users based in the United States might already be familiar with WEAs. Short for Wireless Emergency Alerts, WEAs are basically text messages (usually limited to 90 characters) that alert people regarding the weather, missing persons, or in times of emergencies and natural calamities. WEAs were implemented after the US Congress passed the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act about a decade ago. Well, it turns out that WEAs can also be utilized by the person currently holding the highest office in the American nation.
This week, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules that should further improve the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system. For those not familiar with WEA, it is a system designed to transmit critical warnings and notifications to American mobile users. Apart from alerts regarding weather information, natural disasters, and other emergencies, the WEA system also has Amber Alerts, which delivers notifications on children reported missing.
T-Mobile will have to pay a fine in the amount of $17.5 million over emergency 911 services outages that occurred in its network in 2014. The fine was issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which cited two instances of 911 service outages that happened in August of last year. Apart from paying the $17.5 million fine, the carrier will also need to undergo a compliance program, which should help T-Mobile prevent similar emergency service outages of happening in the future.
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