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US Networks Jointly Support Personal Localized Alerts in New York City

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Four of the USA's largest phone networks AT&T, Sprint, T Mobile and Verizon Wireless have jointly announced plans to deploy a Personal Localized Alerting Network in New York City by the end of this year, three months earlier than the April 2012 deployment date set by the federal government.

The FCC established PLAN to allow participating wireless providers to send emergency alerts as textlike messages to their subscribers. The network will allow FEMA to accept and aggregate alerts from authorized federal, state and local government officials, and then send the alerts over a secure interface to participating wireless providers, which will distribute the alerts to subscribers.

"This project is a great example of the government and private sectors coming together to accomplish something for the public good," Seidenberg said. "Verizon supported the legislation behind this initiative, and we have been involved at every step of the way in developing the rules that will make this service work."

Verizon will also have PLAN-capable handsets available by the end of 2011, while Sprint already has two models on the market.

In addition to New York City, Verizon will also deploy the Personal Localized Alerting Network in Washington, D.C., by the end of the year.

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