Emergency sms system approved by FCC

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The FCC today approved plans to roll out a nationwide SMS-based alert system, which will soon become mandatory for all four national carriers and all the ‘baby bells’ as well. The FCC will appoint a federal agency tasked with creating the messages.

Those messages will be limited to one of three categories of emergencies, including disasters like a terrorist attack, ongoing threats like hurricanes or earthquakes, or child abductions or amber alerts. You can also opt out of the system if you don’t want to know about the massive tsunami approaching your plush beachfront cabin like some blogger I know.