FCC's Pai Points Finger At Hawaii State Officials For False Missile Alert

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"However, when it comes to matters of national security, including whether a ballistic missile has been launched against the United States, one must question whether any state emergency management agency is best suited for that role", the letter says.

Gov. Ige's spokeswoman Cindy McMillan said the governor had to track her down to prepare a message.

Almost 40 minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off the bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled.

"I think you want to be careful about not causing panic everywhere", he said. In response to criticism from Ing and other lawmakers that Ige left prematurely, McMillan said: "He is the governor".

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Hawaii lawmakers are holding a hearing to learn the circumstances of an emergency alert mistakenly sent over the weekend that warned island residents and visitors of a ballistic missile attack.

The false alert landed on mobile phones across the state's islands and led to almost an hour of panic and confusion before it was corrected.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) tweeted there was no threat about 10 minutes after the initial alert, but that didn't reach people who aren't on the social media platform.

PAI wrote, "The false emergency alert sent yesterday in HAWAII was absolutely unacceptable".

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FCC attorney and adviser James Wiley said some carriers may also offer the service only to some geographic areas and only to some mobile devices. For news publishers, alerts are a major competitive battleground, presenting an opportunity to be first to break news, but Reuters did not publish the Hawaii alert, after realizing it was sent in error by an employee.

In the minute-to-minute news cycle, it is crucial that our alerts convey what has happened quickly, but also accurately.

The systems can be used by state and federal agencies for weather events, natural disasters, law enforcement notifications and alerts issued by the president.

Pai said a federal investigation into the emergency alert was underway in concert with state officials. For instance, if a phone was not on at 8:07 a.m., if someone was out of range and has since came into cell coverage (Hikers, Mariners, etc.) and/or people getting off a plane.

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It is estimated that a missile would take about 20 minutes to reach Hawaii from North Korea.

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