FCC Seeks Emergency Alert Originators to Test WEA Geographic Targeting

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The FCC is looking for emergency alert originators to test geo-fencing of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is specifically looking for entities authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send alerts using FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

The FCC’s enhanced geo-targeting requirement is due to take effect November 30 of this year. 

After that date, participating carriers will be required to match the target area specified by the alert originator. For example, they’d need to deliver an alert to 100 percent of the geographic area that the alert originator targets with no more than a 0.1 mile overshoot.

The bureau wants to partner with alert originators on the testing in late 2019 or early 2020. One or more alert originators will be selected based on criteria that include:

  1. The alert originator’s demonstrated ability to organize a large group of test participants that are customers of the several participating carriers that serve their jurisdiction and that will accurately report their test results;
  2. The alert originator’s demonstrated ability to organize a large group of test participants that can be positioned in geographically diverse locations throughout its jurisdiction;
  3. The alert originator’s demonstrated ability to conduct a public outreach campaign that ensures public awareness about a WEA test;
  4. The alert originator’s ability to send a State/Local WEA Test message; and
  5. The alert originator’s demonstrated expertise in data analysis.

Interested alert originators should submit an expression of interest to PS Docket Nos. 15-91 and 15-94 that identifies how they meet these criteria, as well as any additional information that may be relevant. The FCC will not require any participating carriers to gather, analyze or submit data related to their performance in connection with any upcoming test.

June 13, 2019

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