FCC Initiates Rulemaking to Enhance Communications Reliability During Disasters


Recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires have demonstrated how susceptible America’s communications infrastructure is to disturbance during natural disasters.  The FCC has thus launched a rulemaking proceeding to improve the reliability of communications networks during such disasters. The Commission is seeking comment on: (1) potential improvements that can be made to the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, which supports disaster recovery efforts in the wireless industry; (2) ways to improve information provided through the Network Outage Reporting System and Disaster Information Reporting System, which supply situational information during network outages; and (3) ways to reduce power-related disruptions to communications services.

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