FCC to Consider Outage Reporting, Emergency Report Rules at March Meeting
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | Comments

The FCC will consider item that would provide outage information to emergency agencies as well as improve the public alerting system at its March 17 meeting.

The commission will consider a report and order that would provide state and federal agencies with direct, read-only access to communications outage data for public-safety purposes while protecting the confidentiality of that data.

The commissioners will also consider a notice of proposed rulemaking that would implement section 9201 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021, which is intended to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their phones, TVs and radios.

Also on the agenda are a pair of items related to the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band. First, the commission will consider a second report and order that would establish rules to create a new 3.45 GHz service operating between 3.45 – 3.55 GHz, making 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum available for flexible use throughout the contiguous U.S. The commission will also consider a public notice that would seek public comment on the rules for an auction of the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band.

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