FCC Rings Approval For National Wireless Alerts

Rollout could happen within 10 months

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Mobile phones may receive Presidential and Imminent Threat alerts as text messages across the country as the Federal Communications Commission approved rules for a new wireless warning system.

Wireless users who currently receive Amber Alerts for missing children on their phones should have the ability to pick up additional warnings across the country within the next 10 months.

The FCC will support the implementation of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). FCC summarized the alerts devices would receive under the system:

  • Presidential Alerts – national emergency-related alerts delivered to the American
    public that would preempt any other pending alerts;

  • Imminent Threat Alerts – alerts with information on emergencies that may pose an
    imminent risk to people

    FCC Rings Approval For National Wireless Alerts
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