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US Carriers and Government Consider Cell Broadcast

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Dec 10, 2006, 5:27 PM   by (staff)

Last month CellCast held a test of cellular broadcast systems with several state and local government representatives, as well as staff from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Cell Broadcast allows an operator or authorized agency to send out a text message to every phone on a cell, in an area or on the entire network at once. Instead of sending out an individual SMS to each phone, broadcast works by sending out a cell-wide signal that all phones receive at once. The government has recently become interested in the technology as one component of a broad new plan to update the Emergency Broadcast System, since one of the new requirements is a warning sent to cellular subscribers. The Federal government tested an unspecified cellular technology for disaster alerts in July, with the intention of having a nationwide system in place by the end of 2007. Although the FCC and other Federal agencies have been previously uninterested in cellular broadcast, it has gained traction as an possible standard among both local governments as well as carriers. Many local governments are already setting up opt-in messaging networks for residents in lieu of an official solution from carriers and the federal government.

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pre-paid too? SkillciaX Dec 12, 2006, 5:39 PM
Neat Idea - Just Don't Overuse It maxrebo Dec 11, 2006, 8:58 AM
"This is just a test of the Emergency Broadcasting Network" ant1171984 Dec 11, 2006, 10:31 AM
Great.... LordObento Dec 11, 2006, 1:19 AM
is it safe to assume TinyJ316 Dec 11, 2006, 11:17 PM
Warning muchdrama Dec 11, 2006, 5:23 PM
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