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FCC Implements DHS Recommendations on New Wireless Emergency Alerts Tool


The Federal Communications Commission has implemented recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate in the FCC’s wireless emergency alerts platform in an effort to update that system. The WEA Report and Order has adopted the directorate’s recommendations on message effectiveness, increased character length, addition of URL …

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FCC CIO David Bray: IT a Shared Responsibility for Agency Execs


David Bray, chief information officer at the Federal Communications Commission, has said he believes that government CIOs should help their agencies’ C-level executives to understand how technology can support organizational missions, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes Bray worked to help the commission rethink of how it does business through projects such as data …

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Senators Urge FCC to Investigate Cellphone Surveillance Tech Interference Complaints


Twelve senators have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate complaints against the state and local law enforcement agencies’ use of surveillance devices that simulate cellphone towers to gather cellphone identification and location information. Some complaints filed with FCC alleged that cell-site simulators disrupt consumers’ cellular service, can potentially interfere with emergency communications including 911 calls and are used …

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FCC Reopens Online Filing System for 911 Service Reliability Certifications


The Federal Communications Commission has reopened an electronic process for service providers to file annual 911 reliability certifications on FCC’s web-based portal. The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau said Friday that covered 911 service providers can submit certification information online through Oct. 15. FCC’s rules mandate that providers of emergency communications services comply with …

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FCC Task Force to Unveil Broadband Health Mapping Tool


A Federal Communications Commission task force will launch a new mapping tool to support data-driven decision-making that integrates broadband technology and health. FCC said Friday the Connect2Health Task Force will unveil the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool at an event Aug. 2 in collaboration with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. The commission added the tool aims to facilitate stakeholder …

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