Sprint Nextel is first to offer mobile-alert system

11/18/2011 | Urgent Communications

Sprint Nextel will be the first wireless company to offer emergency alerts on a mobile phone network and plans to test the system in New York City. The Federal Communications Commission issued orders for a Commercial Mobile Alert System three years ago in compliance with a 2006 law, and even though smartphone technology has advanced since then, public safety officials still can use the basic text-message alert system to communicate efficiently with the public.

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