Unauthorized Emergency Alert Prompts PSHSB Questions

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The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) is seeking comment on how unauthorized Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages affect EAS participants, public safety, government and local agencies, and the public.  Comment is also requested on ways EAS participants and EAS equipment can improve message authentication going forward.  The PSHSB’s request is prompted by the transmission of an unauthorized EAS message that was sent on October 24, 2014, in several states, and caused public confusion and inconvenience for consumers.  Comments are due on or before December 5, 2014, and reply comments are due December 19, 2014.

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