Alert System Faulted After New York Bombing Gets More Capability

  • FCC says emergency officials can use web links in alerts
  • System criticized after it couldn’t display Chelsea suspect

Police block a road after an explosion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17, 2016.

Photographer: William Edwards/AFP via Getty Images

Emergency officials were cleared Thursday to add web links to wireless alerts, bringing more capability to a system criticized after a New York bombing because it carries only text in an age of online photo and video sharing.

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