This report characterizes the factors that affect wireless emergency alert (WEA) coverage, identifies barriers to public access to WEA alerts, and suggests options for increasing mobile penetration (adoption) of WEA nationwide.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    WEA Mobile Penetration Strategy

  • Chapter Three


  • Chapter Four

    Estimated Alert Originator Coverage and Barriers to Expanding Coverage

  • Chapter Five

    Estimated CMSP Coverage

  • Chapter Six

    WEA Compatibility of Mobile Devices

  • Chapter Seven

    Estimated Population Adoption

  • Chapter Eight

    User Acceptance and Public Awareness

  • Chapter Nine


  • Appendix A

    List of Acronyms

  • Appendix B

    WEA History and Motivation

  • Appendix C

    Mobile Device Turnover Rate Model

  • Appendix D

    Additional Detail on American Roamer Data and FCC Election Letter Matching

  • Appendix E

    Additional Detail on Coverage Analysis

The National Defense Research Institute, a division of the RAND Corporation, performed this analysis for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

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