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.
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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.