FCC Extends Wireless Emergency Alert Deadline
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | Comments

The FCC extended the compliance deadline for the wireless emergency alert (WEA) enhancements until Dec. 13.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) infrastructure through which all alerts are authenticated, validated, and delivered said it would not be ready to support the enhancements that were scheduled to become effective May 1 by that date. IPAWS became available Nov. 15 for formal testing for support of the required WEA enhancements that became effective May 1 and of enhanced WEA geotargeting that is scheduled to become effective Nov. 30.

The FCC said the extension will ensure that participating commercial mobile service (CMS) providers have sufficient time to test these enhancements in the lab and in the field, and to make any necessary adjustments to their networks based on what they learn from testing prior to deployment.

Participating CMS providers must continue to deliver WEA alert messages to an area that “best approximates” the target area specified by the alert originator.

The full notice is here.

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