Note this debate is at play in the Senate at the time of post.

. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify could begin serving up emergency notifications thanks to a bill being introduced in the U.S. Senate.

TechCrunch spotted a new bill named Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2018 being sent out by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and John Thune (R-S.D.). In addition to better ensuring emergency alerts reach mobile phones, televisions and radios, the bill wants to “explore new ways of alerting the public through online video and audio streaming services.”

“When a missile alert went out across Hawaii in January, some people never got the message on their phones, while others missed it on their TVs and radios. Even though it was a false alarm, the missile alert exposed real flaws in the way people receive emergency alerts,” said Schatz, lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, in a statement. “Our bill fixes a number of important problems with the system responsible for delivering emergency alerts. In a real emergency, these alerts can save lives so we have to do everything we can to get it right.”