FCC Wants Entities to Test IPAWS Geotargeting Capabilities
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Comments

The FCC is seeking entities authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to send alerts using the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to participate in an upcoming targeted test of the wireless emergency alert (WEA) system.

The commission seeks to better understand WEA performance, particularly with respect to the accuracy of participating commercial mobile service (CMS) providers’ geographic targeting capabilities. The commission’s enhanced geotargeting requirement will become effective Nov. 30. After that date, participating CMS providers will be required to match the target area specified by the alert originator or deliver an alert to 100% of the geographic area that the alert originator targets with no more than a 0.1 mile overshoot.

Accordingly, the FCC seeks to partner with alert originators to test these capabilities in late 2019 and/or early 2020. The commission will select one or more alert originators. Interested alert originators should submit an expression of interest that identifies how they meet these criteria, as well as any additional information that may be relevant to consideration of potential alerting partners, by July 11.

The FCC will work with the selected alert originators to define the parameters of the test and the roles and responsibilities of test developers and participants. The FCC will not require any participating CMS provider to gather, analyze or submit data related to their performance in connection with any upcoming test.

The full notice is here.

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