SANDy Act Passes Senate
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | Comments

The Senate passed the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters, the SANDy Act, late Sept. 11, sending it to the president’s desk for signing into law. The bill passed the House earlier this year.

The SANDy Act would ensure that all communications providers receive priority access to help them repair and maintain critical communications equipment during emergencies such as a hurricane. The bill also begins a process to provide 9-1-1 services over Wi-Fi hot spots during emergencies.

“In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, I was pleased to see the United States Senate’s unanimous passage of the SANDY Act of 2017 last night,” said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. “We know that weather-related emergencies and other disasters can occur anywhere at any time, and this legislation comes not a moment too soon. Among other things, it promises to help speed restoration of essential communications in times of disaster.”

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