FCC to Use Hurricane Sandy as Backdrop for Industry Dialog
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that the FCC will hold hearings regarding Hurricane Sandy's affects on wireless and wired communication networks. The FCC hopes to generate a national dialog between all the stakeholders in the telecommunications industry so that best practices may be devised to protect against future natural disasters. "This unprecedented storm has revealed new challenges that will require a national dialogue around ideas and actions to ensure the resilience of communications networks," said Genachowski. "I urge all stakeholders to engage constructively in the period ahead." The FCC has put forth several possible topics for discussion, including the sharing of network resources between competitors, the industry's reliance on electrical power, alternate sources of power, protecting backhaul networks and network nodes, and means by which to speed up restoration of services that have been damaged or taken offline. The hearings will be held around the country beginning in early 2013.
T-Mobile Fined $17.5 Million Over 911 Outage
T-Mobile has settled with the FCC regarding two separate 911 outages on its national wireless network that prevented customers from reaching emergency services for a period of three hours. T-Mobile agreed to pay the FCC $17.5 million in fines and take steps to improve the strength of its network and 911 services.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
FCC Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
FCC Adopts Rules for Text-to-911 for All Messaging Apps
The FCC today formally adopted rules that will require all providers of messaging services to enable their apps with text-to-911 capabilities. Earlier this year the FCC said industry players outside the four major wireless network operators need to get on board.
New Challenges ?
Look - as long as towers are still made of something that can be destroyed, it will happen. This was a challenge becuase of the hurricane - end of story. Addressing this specific issue would mean strengthening towers? This issue only applies in the direct situation where inclimate weather is concerned.
The FCC tries, but.. it seems to also fail quite often.