Wildfires: Reminder smart devices don't include emergency warnings while streaming

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Fri Sep 11 19:48:00 UTC 2020

On Fri, 11 Sep 2020, William Herrin wrote:
> tl;dr: keep your cell phone on and with you 'cause only a few things
> get emergency alerts and only when they're turned on.

You sound like the CTIA in the 2000s when it was opposed to requiring 
emergency alerts on cell phones.  "Its unnecessary to require cell phones 
have emergency alerts, because people get emergency alerts other ways."

The problem was all the consumer electronic industry groups always point 
at "someone else."  The cable industry said it was unnecessary in the 
1980s because local TV stations had emergency alerts.  The TV industry 
said it was unnecessary in the 1970s because local radio stations had 
emergency alerts.  Etc. etc. etc.

The reason your cell phone has emergency alerts, is the FCC required them.

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