The FCC and Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the adoption of design specifications for the Commercial Mobile Alert System (“CMAS”). The “C” specification relates to the development of a gateway interface that will allow wireless carriers participating in the CMAS to provide their customers with prompt and accurate emergency alerts and warnings through their mobile devices.

The CMAS permits government and public safety officials to send 90-character, geographically targeted text messages to wireless subscribers regarding public emergencies, Amber alerts, and Presidential emergency messages. The announcement of the C specification begins a 28-month period in which participating wireless carriers must develop, test, and deploy the system. The CMAS is scheduled for completion by April 7, 2012.