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

ITechGeek ITG at itechgeek.com
Fri Sep 11 20:11:48 UTC 2020

At least cell phones have a reliable way to know where they are at any
given moment.  Would you really trust providers sending out emergency
notifications based on something like GeoIP or based on the zipcode on the

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On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 3:49 PM Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:

> 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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