OEC Outreach Clips: New York Bombing Phone Alert Couldn’t Share Suspect’s Mug Shot, Source Bloomberg

New York City officials sent a special wireless alert to millions of people on Monday asking for their help locating Ahmad Khan Rahami — but they weren’t able include a photo of the suspected bomber. That’s because federal regulations keep emergency alerts, which resemble texts but travel on a separate system, from having web links or photos, something the phone companies say is necessary to avoid overwhelming their systems. Emergency officials want to be able to embed photos and internet addresses linking to more information. Coincidentally, the Federal Communications Commission next week is to consider steps that would expand message formats for at least some emergencies. Read more here: New York Bombing Phone Alert Couldn’t Share Suspect’s Mug Shot