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Daring Fireball: Hawaii Missile Alert: How One Employee ‘Pushed the Wrong Button’ and Caused a Wave of Panic
Amy Wang, reporting for The Washington Post:
Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert. […]
Around 8:07 a.m., an errant alert went out to scores of Hawaii residents and tourists on their cellphones: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” A more detailed message scrolled across television screens in Hawaii, suggesting, “If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor.”
This is just terrible, terrible user interface design.
state  gov2.0  safety  war  security  fcc  messaging  ui/ue  daring_fireball 
2 days ago by rgl7194
After false Hawaii missile notice, FCC launches investigation | Ars Technica
On Saturday, January 13, Hawaiians received a terrifying message on their phones, repeated on television and radio stations, which had received a similar alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
But actually, it was something of a drill, in that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) was running a routine test at the end of a shift and accidentally sent the message state-wide.
Unfortunately, it took 38 minutes for the agency to correct the alert with a second alert. Although state leaders quickly tweeted out corrections, Hawaiians who were waiting for an all-clear from the same outlet spent more than half an hour in suspense.
state  gov2.0  safety  war  security  fcc  messaging 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Democrats to force a floor vote on FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal | Consequence of Sound
A showdown between the Democrats and Republicans is about to go down
Last month, the FCC voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules governing a free and open internet. The controversial decision took place despite holding no public hearings or conducting sufficient analysis prior — in fact, some of the public “feedback” posted to its website included bogus submissions from Russian email addresses and people commenting under former President Barack Obama’s name.
“You cannot conduct a legitimate vote on a rule-making proceeding if you have a record that is in shambles as this one is,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, argued prior to the vote. He’s since announced his intention to file a multi-state lawsuit against the FCC.
net_neutrality  fcc  gov2.0  internet  politics  schumer  congress 
4 days ago by rgl7194
episode poking fun at censorship led to an actual complaint demanding censorship…
ParksAndRec  FCC  from twitter_favs
6 days ago by kohlmannj
[pdf] Plan for Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA)
Recommendations and Report to Chairman Ajit Pai
Federal Communications Commission
January 9, 2018
FCC  economics 
6 days ago by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Telecommunications: FCC Should Improve Monitoring of Industry Efforts to Strengthen Wireless Network Resiliency
What GAO Found: The number of wireless outages attributed to a physical incident—a natural disaster, accident, or other manmade event, such as vandalism—increased from 2009 to 2016, as reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During this time, the number of outages substantially increased from 189 to 1,079 outages, with most of the increase occurring from 2009 to 2011.

What GAO Recommends: FCC should work with industry to develop specific performance measures for the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, monitor the framework's outcomes, and promote awareness of it. FCC agreed with the recommendations.
GAO  FCC  resilience  telecoms  cellular 
8 days ago by pierredv
California Introduces Its Own Bill to Protect Net Neutrality | Electronic Frontier Foundation
2018 has barely begun, and so has the fight to preserve net neutrality. January 3 was the first day of business in the California state legislature, and state Sen. Scott Wiener used it to introduce legislation to protect net neutrality for Californians.
As the FCC has sought to abandon its role as the protector of a free and open Internet at the federal level, states are seeking ways to step into the void. Prior to December, the FCC’s rules prevented Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or slowing down traffic to websites. The rules also kept ISPs from charging users higher rates for faster access to certain websites or charging websites to be automatically included in any sort of “fast lane.” On December 14th, the FCC voted to remove these restrictions and even tried to make it harder for anyone else to regulate ISPs in a similar way.
fcc  gov2.0  internet  net_neutrality  politics  state  EFF 
8 days ago by rgl7194
A Reasonable Argument for Title II Net Neutrality
I was shaking my head at Ben Thompson's article praising Ajit Pai's push to end net neutrality restrictions through Title II. I wished at the time that I had the energy or knowledge to refute it. Then I read Nick's article last week. I have nothing to say now:
There is clearly plenty of evidence that ISPs will not treat data the same if offered the opportunity to do otherwise. And, I stress again, we aren’t simply talking about internet providers here — these are vertically-integrated media conglomerates which absolutely have incentive to treat traffic from friendly entities differently through, for example, zero-rating, as AT&T did with DirecTV, Verizon does with their NFL app, and T-Mobile does for certain services.
I don't usually like to link to articles that Daring Fireball also links to but I'm making an exception to my loosely held guideline.1 I generally enjoy everything Nick writes. This might be his best work. It's thoughtful, well organized, and full of references to actual events. If you want to get a quick handle on two sides of Ajit Pai's personal agenda of killing net neutrality, read these two articles.2
broadband  fcc  gov2.0  internet  net_neutrality  politics  title_ii  ISP 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Official Observer - ARRL
Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of Amateur Radio operators to maintain their transmitting equipment and comply with operating procedures and regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC and to recognize good operating practices.

The OO program serves as the first line of "eyes and ears" for the FCC. It is the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.
ARRL  interference  FCC  EB  Enforcement-Bureau 
13 days ago by pierredv
The Book Of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal And Free The Net
"Imagine if you could say anything or do anything, with the odds of getting caught being almost nil. Even if you are apprehended, there would be litt...
13 days ago by oclupaca

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