U.S.: Big Fear Monger Brother on your Phone

New Yorkers soon to get government fear mongering through cell phone alerts

May 10, 2011

Emergency officials will soon be able to blast critical alerts to anyone with a cell phone in a certain section of the city.

If Times Square needs to be evacuated because of a bomb threat or if a hurricane is bearing down on Queens, warnings will be bounced from cell towers.

“Making sure that [people] get useful and life-saving information, quickly and easily, right on their mobile phones, will help more people get out of harm’s way when a threat exists,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate.

Fugate and Federal Communications Commissioner Chair Julius Genachowski plan to announce the new system at the World Trade Center site Tuesday in a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg and top phone company execs.

The system – called PLAN or Personal Localized Alerting Network – uses cell phone towers to send messages to everyone currently in a certain area, regardless of whether they’re visiting from out of town or have a phone registered elsewhere. People won’t have to register in advance to receive the alerts.

The messages, including urgent blasts from the president, information on imminent threats and Amber Alerts about missing children, will supercede all other phone traffic so they won’t be stalled or delayed.

They system is expected to be up and running in New York and Washington by the end of the year – months before the rest of the country.

Mayor Bloomberg called the alerts a “quantum leap forward in using technology to help keep people safe.”

Where does this requirement come from? The Federal Communications Act of 1996, that also mandated telecom companies to spy on users just like Apple, Google and all the other companies have been doing ever since the federal oversight legislation was passed.


About Luis Miranda
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One Response to U.S.: Big Fear Monger Brother on your Phone

  1. azleader says:

    It is good for some things… not for others.

    For example, broadcasting terrorist threats is not a good idea. The bad guys will just make sure they are in a position to be alerted they have been found out.

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