The FCC was directed by Congress to form the Committee as part of the recently-passed Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act (Title VI of Public Law 109-347). The committee will establish a national emergency alert system to warn the public in case of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other crisis. Over the next year, the Committee will develop and recommend technical standards and protocols to enable mobile service providers to transmit alerts to subscribers' mobile phones.
"VeriSign is honored to serve on this important FCC committee that will be working to ensure that the most advanced technologies are used to alert Americans about emergencies, no matter where they occur or how large-scale they are," said Rutkowski. "VeriSign has unique insights to share as the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the networked world. Every day, VeriSign enables and protect billions of digital interactions around the globe. We look forward to participating actively and helping to bring such a valuable service to the nation."
Rutkowski recently served as the industry keynote presenter, in October 2006, at the first international technical workshop on emergency messaging at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland. His 40-year career included more than 12 years at the FCC, as well as serving as a counselor to the Secretary-General at the ITU in Geneva.
VeriSign also assisted the FCC in the 04-296 proceedings, and has collaborated with industry leaders to develop workable solutions for emergency messaging at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) and the ITU.
VeriSign holds seats on a number of Federal and Presidential advisory bodies. VeriSign's Chief Executive Officer Stratton Sclavos holds one of 30 seats on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and is a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
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