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“FCC May Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts Requirements,” Law360

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Luke C. Platzer and Associate Bradley P. Humphreys examine the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed order to improve the content and delivery of alert messages to wireless devices.  The proposed order will address more stringent geotargeting rules, alert message preservation guidelines, clarity regarding wireless provider participation and an extended compliance deadline for supporting Spanish-language alert messages. 
The authors also explain how the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is used today, citing the involvement of FEMA and participating wireless providers, as well as their limitations with the current geotargeting requirements.
“In light of the public attention to the emergency alert system following the events in Hawaii,” the authors observe, “we expect further commission focus in this space in the months and years to come.”