FCC Grants California Sheriff’s Office Waiver Request for Emergency Alert Test
Friday, May 21, 2021 | Comments

The FCC granted a waiver request from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office to allow participating commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers to participate in an end-to-end WEA test that it plans to conduct May 26.

“In light of the recent proclamation of a drought emergency in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, and the timing of this exercise on the verge of wildfire season, we find Mendocino residents and alert originators face a unique and urgent need to under how alerts are transmitted and received,” the FCC said. “Accordingly, we grant Mendocino’s request to use the public safety message category, which would be transmitted to all members of the public with WEA-capable devices and who are opted in, by default, to receive WEA messages, for its upcoming test.”

The commission’s rules prohibit use of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) attention signal except during actual emergencies, authorized tests and certain public service announcements. Alert originators can request a waiver of the commission’s rules if there is an urgent reason to perform a test out of the normal allowed times.

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