FCC Renames Mobile Alert System
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a final rule that changes the name of the “Commercial Mobile Alert System” to “Wireless Emergency Alerts,” or WEA.
The Warning Alert and Response Network Act, or WARN Act, supplies the technical requirements that commercial mobile service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint must follow when transmitting such emergency alerts.
The change was made after an increasing number of the commercial mobile service providers participating in the system referred to it as WEA in the information that they provide to subscribers. By changing the name, “the rules will more accurately reflect common parlance and thus reduce confusion,” the notice states.
The rule was issued in a Federal Register notice published on March 19.