Analysis

FCC's Missile Alert Inquiry Shows Need For Coordination

Law360, New York (January 16, 2018, 9:22 PM EST) -- A false emergency alert that mistakenly forecast a missile attack on Hawaii panicked island residents Saturday morning and renewed lingering concerns about the effectiveness of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system that relayed the message to mobile phones.

Residents received mobile alerts stating that a ballistic missile was headed for the island. Although the alert said it was "not a drill," the message turned out to be a mistake caused by a government employee who accidentally chose the wrong option in a computer interface. After 38 minutes of terror, residents received a correction notice through the system.

The Federal Communications Commission announced...

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