FCC Wants IPAWS Delivering Earthquake Warning Alerts Within 3 Seconds

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The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has released a public notice seeking comment on technical aspects of how the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and other associated alerting systems can ensure that earthquake-related emergency alerts can be delivered to and received by the general public in fewer than three seconds.  The FCC seeks comment on how best to design and deploy an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that can issue warnings to the general public. Pursuant to federal law passed last year, the FCC must then deliver an EEW readiness report to Congress by September 2016.  Comments must be filed on or before Monday, May 9, 2016, and reply comments must be filed on or before Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

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