Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has called for more oversight over emergency alert systems in the United States, especially in light of the ballistic missile false alarm that happened in Hawaii nearly three months ago. The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet recently held a field hearing this week at the city of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, and it was during this event that Commissioner Rosenworcel urged the FCC to be more vigilant in imposing more scrutiny and accountability on every state in America when they file their yearly confirmation of Emergency Alert Systems.
Via a statement, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is once again urging Apple to activate support for FM radio in the tech giant’s iPhone devices, especially in light of the series of hurricanes that have hit the United States within the last couple of months. Pai also said that he has called on the mobile industry several times in the past in order to get FM chips activated in just about every recent smartphone released in the US mobile market.
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. In other words, Donald Trump, when he officially begins his presidential term in January next year, can send text messages to just about every American.
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.
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