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.
TIA Joins Legal Fight Against FCC's Title II Classification
The Telecommunications Industry Association today filed an amicus brief challenging the FCC's move to reclassify broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934. It believes the FCC did not properly evaluate how the reclassification will impact spending on broadband services.
FCC Chair Would Bar Use of Universal Service Fund to Buy Equipment from Companies that Pose Security Risks
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to prevent the government and companies from using the Universal Service Fund to buy equipment from companies that represent a security threat to the U.S. "Threats to national security posed by certain communications equipment providers are a matter of bipartisan concern.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Resign In January
Tom Wheeler, who has served as Chairman of the FCC for the past three years, announced plans to step down in January. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement.
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.