IPAWS Not Ready for Wireless Emergency Alert Tests
Friday, June 07, 2019 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) through which all wireless emergency alerts (WEA) are authenticated, validated and delivered to participating commercial mobile service providers, announced that IPAWS will not be ready to support certain improvements to WEA as of June 10, as previously expected.

These improvements are described in the April WEA Advisory, and include the state/local WEA test category. Accordingly, until IPAWS will support and deploy the state/local WEA test option, alert originators may not conduct an end-to-end WEA test to the public without first obtaining a waiver of the commission’s rules.

The FCC will issue a public notice announcing when IPAWS is available to fully support these WEA enhancements and providing further guidance on their use.

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