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FCC Sets Deadline for Comments on WEA Proposals

Aim is to make phone alerts more accessible

The FCC has announced the comment deadlines for its latest set of proposals to improve alerting systems.

In April the commission issued a further notice of proposed rulemaking to make Wireless Emergency Alerts more accessible to people who don’t speak English or Spanish and to those with disabilities who can’t access messages displayed in conventional format.

It also proposed to require wireless providers that participate in WEA satisfy certain performance measures and provide more transparency regarding WEA’s availability and performance.

(These are not to be confused with the separate recent changes in the EAS system that also are intended to improve accessibility.)

Now comment dates are set in the WEA one. Comments are due by July 21, and reply comments by Aug. 21.

Comments can be filed using the FCC’s online system. For the proceeding number, refer to PS Dockets 15-94 or 15-91. 

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