FCC Appoints Members for WARN Committee


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Washington - Dec 5, 2006 - The Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act directed the FCC to appoint members to serve on the Commission's Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will chair the Committee. The purpose of the committee is to develop and recommend technical standards and protocols to facilitate the voluntary transmission of emergency alerts by Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) providers. The committee's recommendations must be submitted to the Commission within one year from the date of enactment of the WARN Act: Oct. 12, 2007.


The members of the committee follow.

State and Local Government Representatives
Art Botterell Contra Costa County, CA
Thomas Lyon International Association of Fire Chiefs
Kevin McGinnis National Association of State EMS Officials
Richard Mirgon Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
Jonathan Werbell City of New York, NY
Tribal Government Representatives
R. Dale Gehman Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Representatives of Communications Service Providers
Brian Daly Cingular Wireless
Gary K. Jones T-Mobile USA
Jay Pabley Sprint Nextel
Doug Rutledge Alltel
Edward A. Salas Verizon Wireless
Representatives of Vendors, Developers and Manufacturers
Stephen Carter Qualcomm
Amar Deol Nortel
Stephen Hayes Ericsson
Rob Kubik Motorola
Gadi Mazor Onset Technology
Ilkka Juhani Niva Nokia
Billy Pitts NTI Group
Representatives of Third-Party Service Bureaus
Robin Erkkila Intrado
Anthony M. Rutkowski Verisign
Paul Wilcock Syniverse Technologies
Broadcaster Representatives with Technical Expertise
Ann Arnold Texas Association of Broadcasters
Patrick Roberts Florida Association of Broadcasters
William Wertz Michigan Association of Broadcasters
Kelly Williams National Association of Broadcasters
Representative of National Organization Representing Noncommercial Broadcast TV
John Lawson Association of Public Television Stations
Representatives of National Organizations Representing Individuals with Special Needs
Hilary C. Styron National Organization on Disability
Marcia Brooks WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
Other Technical Representatives
Edward Czarnecki Spectrarep
Stephen Oshinsky American Association of Paging Carriers
Art Prest Rural Cellular Association
Maria Estefania Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
Marion Dunn Tutor Mississippi Council on Aging
Cheryl Blum Telecommunications Industry Association
Leslie Chapman-Henderson Flash
Representatives of Other Qualified Stakeholders and Interested Parties
Kevin Briggs Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Dale Barr National Communications System, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Edward Fritts Global Security Systems
Christopher Guttman-McCabe CTIA
Raymond Ban The Weather Channel

The first meeting of the group will be held Dec. 12, 2006 in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305) in Washington. The meeting is open to members of the general public. The agenda will cover the advisory committee structure and mission statements, an alerting tutorial, an introduction of the advisory committee members, and a review schedule.



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