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FCC Adopts Proposed 911 Resiliency Recommendations

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Mar 20, 2013, 1:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Federal Communications Commission today took more steps to make sure the country's 911 emergency system is able to remain functional during events such as natural disasters. It formally adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see it implement four major recommendations for strengthening and maintaining 911 systems. Moving forward, the recommendations will serve as best practices used by the government and individual service providers to ensure the resiliency of their networks. The FCC wants to periodically audit 911 circuits for physical diversity; ensure that providers have adequate central office backup power; ensure that providers maintain reliable and resilient network monitoring systems; as well as create a system for certifying equipment, reporting problems, and managing compliance with the new rules. Today's action follows several months of dialog between the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security and industry players after 911 emergency systems were damaged in several states during a storm last year.

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