House panel to hold hearing on false Hawaii missile alert

House panel to hold hearing on false Hawaii missile alert
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the false missile alert in Hawaii last week and the state of the country’s public alert systems.

The panel’s leaders announced on Tuesday that a hearing will be held “in the coming weeks.” Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Turf war derails push on surprise medical bills | Bill would tax e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaign | .5M ad blitz backs vulnerable Dems on drug prices Turf war derails bipartisan push on surprise medical bills Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' MORE (R-Ore.), Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Lawsuits pose new challenge for TikTok TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week MORE (R-Tenn.) — the chair of the technology subcommittee — and Rep. Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference Reddit, Google to testify before House panel on tech's legal protections MORE (D-Pa.) — the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat — said the hearing will allow Congress to receive an update on the FCC investigation into the Hawaii incident.

“We need to make sure that a mistake like what happened in Hawaii never happens again,” the members said in a joint statement. “The upcoming hearing will be an important opportunity to hear from the commissioners as they continue to investigate the incident.”

The FCC has promised a full investigation and Chairman Ajit Pai has already pointed the finger at Hawaiian authorities for the mishap.

“We have been in close contact with federal and state officials, gathering the facts about how this false alert was issued,” Pai said in a statement on Sunday. “Based on the information we have collected so far, it appears that the government of Hawaii did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert.”

Hawaii's system sent out a fake alert on Saturday that a ballistic missile was heading to the islands, sparking panic and confusion. It took authorities 38 minutes to send another alert correcting the mistake.