New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a 16-member coalition of attorneys general in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand the number of languages available for mobile emergency alerts.
The coalition is concerned about the FCC’s proposal to use machine translation applications for English emergency alerts, doubting its reliability compared to human translations.
Currently, the system includes translations for 13 languages, but James’ group argues that at least 25 should be included.
As such, she has proposed that the emergency alerts should be available in all languages spoken by at least 300,000 people in the U.S.
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