FCC Encourages Small, Rural Providers to Review Reliability Recommendations
Friday, October 20, 2017 | Comments

In a public notice, the FCC encouraged 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), a federal advisory committee to the FCC, to improve network reliability.

Network reliability and resiliency are essential to ensure that all consumers, public-safety entities and small businesses have access to reliable and secure communications, especially during disasters and emergencies. Since its inception, CSRIC has identified more than 1,000 best practices to improve the reliability of communications networks.

The FCC reviewed the CSRIC best practices and outage data from the commission’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) to identify trends and common failures among outages experienced by small and rural service providers. This process identified 23 of the most recurring best practices reported in NORS outage reports during the last five years as filed by small and rural communications providers.

Providers cited these best practices in their final reports as ones that may have helped to prevent such outages had they been implemented. The commission encouraged small and rural communications services providers to review and consider these 23 best practices along with other CSRIC best practices as appropriate for their networks.

The full notice is here.

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