FCC Committee Releases 4 Reports for Local, State, Tribal Officials
Friday, November 08, 2019 | Comments

The FCC released four reports from its Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. The reports aim to assist state, local, tribal and territorial officials and other stakeholders by offering recommendations and best practices to improve emergency alerting, bolster communications reliability during disasters and promote the use of telemedicine.

“The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee’s reports offer valuable insights and recommendations that will help inform the work of the FCC and that of our state, local, tribal and territorial government partners,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “We welcome the input and perspective of these officials as we work to enhance public safety, disaster preparedness and access to telemedicine. I thank the committee’s members for lending their time and expertise to this important effort.”

The following reports were released:

• Plans for Alert Initiation – The committee offered recommendations and best practices on improving communications among state, local, tribal and territorial governments and state emergency communications committees to ensure that emergency alerting system (EAS) procedures, including those for initiation and cancellation of actual alerts and tests, are mutually understood, agreed upon and documented in state plans.

• Disaster Resiliency – The committee issued recommendations on fine-tuning coordination for disaster preparation, response and restoration efforts, including best practices to promote resilient communications during and after an incident to help ensure first responders and the public have access to reliable communications.

• Multilingual Alerts – The committee issued a report on the delivery of multilingual emergency alerts to people who communicate in a language other than English or who have a limited understanding of the English language.

• Clearing the Way for Telemedicine – Committee members identified regulatory barriers to the use of telemedicine, as well as incentives that promote the adoption of telemedicine. The report discusses key issues, including state and local licensing laws or regulations that prevent telehealth providers from treating patients across state lines, and intrastate restrictions that may inhibit the provision of telemedicine.

The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee provides guidance, expertise and recommendations to the FCC on a range of issues for which state, local, tribal and territorial entities explicitly or inherently share responsibility or administration with the commission. Reports of this committee are made public at the discretion of the FCC.

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