New rule: Broadcasters are now to report false alerts

HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is adopting a new rule to boost the reliability of emergency alerts after Hawaii earlier this year mistakenly sent warnings to cellphones and broadcasters that a ballistic missile was heading for the state.

The commission said in a statement Thursday it will require broadcasters and other participants in the nation’s Emergency Alert System to notify the FCC when they discover they have transmitted a false alert.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says this will help the commission identify and solve problems with the alert system.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii says good progress is being made to fix the alert system but more needs to be done.