FCC Recommends CSRIC “Best Practices” to Help Prevent Network Outages

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The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has release a public notice encouraging small and rural communications service providers to review and consider implementing, where appropriate, best practices recommended by the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) in order to improve service providers’ network reliability.  CSRIC is a federal advisory committee to the FCC.  In an appendix to the public notice, CSRIC has identified 23 of the most recurring best practices reported in the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) over the last five years, as filed by various small and rural communications providers.  These same providers have recommended that implementing some or all of these best practices might prevent future network outages.

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