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FCC tightens targeting for phone alerts

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is shown on a screen at the agency
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The FCC has approved new rules for wireless emergency alerts that require wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon to target the messages within one-tenth of a mile. The tighter targeting is scheduled to take effect by Nov. 30, 2019.

Why it matters: Phone emergency alerts have become a part of modern life, as governments send them out about extreme weather and other incidents. But emergency officials have pushed for the system to be updated.