FCC Announces Comments Deadline for Network Outage Reporting Proceeding
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 | Comments

The FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) announced the deadlines for its preceding on safeguards for network outage reporting.

In March, the FCC adopted a framework for sharing communications outage information with state, federal and tribal nation agencies to improve their situational awareness, enhance their ability to respond more rapidly to outages and to help save lives while protecting the confidentiality of the data. The new rules allow participating agencies to share critical operational status information with first responders who play a vital role in public safety.

In a notice seeking comment, the FCC is seeking comment on the cost, manner and technological feasibility of agencies that receive access to the information under the new rules. This includes potential mechanisms to further limit the vulnerability of NORS and DIRS data to manipulation and improper access, which could otherwise become an increasing risk as the commission expands access by participating agencies to these systems.

In its order, the FCC adopted several safeguards including providing read-only access to the NORS and DIRS filings, limiting the number of users with access to NORS and DIRS filings at participating agencies, requiring special training for participating agencies regarding their privileges and obligations under the program, and potentially terminating access to agencies that misuse of improperly disclose NORS or DIRS data.

The notice for comment was published in the Federal Register February 7 so the comments on the issue are due March 9.

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