FCC Seeks Further Comment on Voluntary Resiliency Framework
Monday, December 10, 2018 | Comments

The FCC released a public notice — the first in a series — that solicits input on the efficacy of the wireless resiliency cooperative framework, a voluntary wireless industry commitment to promote resilient wireless communications and situational awareness during disasters.

Comments are due Jan. 9, and reply comments are due Jan. 24.

The FCC is re-examining the framework for purposes of restoring communications during and following disasters. In June 13, the commission issued a public notice seeking comment on both the challenges of wireless carriers to obtain real-time information from backhaul providers about the status of network restoration efforts, as well as the lack of coordination on restoration efforts among backhaul providers and wireless carriers. On Nov. 1, the Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) was tasked with developing best practices for coordination among wireless providers, backhaul providers and power companies during and after a disaster. And on Nov. 6, the FCC issued letters to each of the signatories of the framework, asking them to provide post-disaster action reports for the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons as part of the comprehensive investigation of the framework.

The commission now seeks comment on how to ensure that wireless carriers and backhaul providers better coordinate with each other, as well as with other stakeholders, both before and during an emergency event, and as part of post-event restoration efforts.

The FCC seeks input from the public on a set of questions to better inform its understanding, as well as potential recommendations to the commission on proposals that could help facilitate restoration of service after outages. The public notice is here.

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