FCC Plans to Seek Comment on Wireless Resiliency Framework
Monday, September 20, 2021 | Comments

The FCC is considering a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would seek comment on ways to improve the resiliency and reliability of communications networks during emergencies and disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires.

Currently, disaster recovery efforts in the wireless industry are supported by the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, a voluntary agreement developed by the wireless industry in 2016 to provide wireless roaming, foster mutual aid, enhance municipal preparedness, increase consumer readiness, and improve stakeholder communications on service and restoration status.

As part of its own network resiliency efforts, the commission monitors and evaluates communications outages through two web-based reporting systems: the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) and Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). The commission uses the information gathered though these systems to provide critical situational awareness during communications outages and analyze outage trends, such as an increasing trend in network disruptions caused by power outages.

The NPRM would examine how well the framework has worked and seek comment on potential improvement to it, as well as ways to improve the situational awareness provided by NORS and DIRS. Finally, the notice would also seek comment on ways to mitigate the effects of power outages on communications network operations in the aftermath of disasters, such as hurricanes or wildfires.

The FCC will consider the NPRM at its September 30 meeting. Find the full text of the notice here.

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