• Senate Commerce Committee Hearing in Hawaii
  • April 25, 2018 | Author: Albert J. Catalano
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a field hearing in Honolulu, Hawaii to examine the false missile alert that occurred in January (Vol. XV, Issue 4) and explore options to improve alerts to ensure public safety. The hearing was led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and consisted of three panels. The first panel was FCC Commissioner Rosenwercel, who stated that the false missile alert in Hawaii was unacceptable and provided a list of actions the FCC can take to prevent similar problems. The second panel had representatives from the Department of Defense, the FCC, and FEMA. The third panel was Major General Arthur J. Logan of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, who provided background on missile alerts and the specific timeline of events regarding the false missile alert.