FCC, FEMA Launch Nationwide Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN)

Posted on May 10, 2011

The FCC and FEMA are plamning to launch a nationwide Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN). FEMA says in a statement that PLAN enables government officials to target emergency alerts to specific geographic areas through cell towers, which pushes the information to dedicated receives in PLAN-enabled mobile devices.

FEMA says the The Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act requires participating wireless carriers to activate PLAN technology by a deadline determined by the FCC, which is April 2012. Participants that will offer PLAN ahead of schedule include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Take a look: