Denver Gets Waiver to Conduct Wireless Emergency Alert Test Sept. 5
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 | Comments

The FCC granted a limited waiver of its wireless emergency alert (WEA) rules to permit commercial mobile service (CMS) providers to participate in an end-to-end test to be conducted by the city and county of Denver's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. This test will be conducted Sept. 5 with a backup date of Sept. 13.

The WEA system allows authorized government entities to send geographically targeted emergency alerts to commercial wireless subscribers who have WEA-capable mobile devices, and whose commercial wireless service providers are participating CMS providers.

The commission’s rules prohibit the use of the WEA attention signal except during actual emergencies, authorized tests and certain public service announcements. Additionally, the FCC’s rules allow testing of WEA. The OEM proposed using the WEA text portion of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to broadcast the following message to cell phones within the geographical boundaries of the city and county of Denver: “This is a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System for Denver, CO. This is only a test.”

The test is to “ensure that the WEA system will work during such emergencies.”

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