H.R. 5556 (109th): Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act

Jun 08, 2006 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

H.R. 5785 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Jul 13, 2006

John Shimkus
Representative for Illinois's 19th congressional district
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Last Updated
Jun 08, 2006
22 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 5785 (Related)
Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 13, 2006

S. 1753 (Related)
Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Oct 20, 2005


This bill was introduced on June 8, 2006, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jun 08, 2006
Referred to Committee Jun 08, 2006
Full Title

To establish a unified national hazard alert system, and for other purposes.


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10 cosponsors (5D, 5R) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Communications and Technology

House Science, Space, and Technology


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Library of Congress Summary

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Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act - Establishes: (1) a voluntary National Alert System to provide a public communications system capable of alerting the public to emergency situations on a national, regional, or local basis; and (2) the National Alert Office within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to administer, operate, and manage the System.
Sets forth System functions and capabilities, including: (1) enabling federal, state, tribal, or local government officials with credentials issued by the Office to alert the public to imminent threats that present a significant risk of injury or death; and (2) incorporating multiple communications technologies without interfering with existing alerts or communications systems employed by emergency response personnel.
Requires the Office to establish a process for issuing credentials to enable officials responsible for issuing safety warnings to access the System.
Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to initiate proceedings to: (1) allow licensees providing commercial mobile service to elect to transmit System alerts to subscribers; and (2) require public broadcast television licensees to install necessary equipment to enable transmitters to receive and retransmit System alerts.
Requires the Director of the Office to:
(1) establish a National Alert System Working Group to develop recommendations for protocols, procedures, guidelines, and standards and to work with the operators of nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure facilities to integrate emergency alert systems; and
(2) establish an extramural research and development program to support the development of technology that will enable all existing and future providers of communications services and devices to be utilized effectively with the System.

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