FCC Adopts Proposed 911 Resiliency Recommendations
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.
Searching Google for Events Will Now Generate Personal Recommendations
Jul 26, 2018
Google today updated its main search tool with a new emphasis on helping people locate nearby events. Moving forward, generic searches for things like "events near me" will result in a list of events from a variety of sources, as well as vital details about those events.
FCC Pushes Plan that Would Squeeze Out Huawei and ZTE
Apr 17, 2018
The FCC today moved forward with a plan that would make it harder and/or more expensive for U.S. companies to buy equipment from corporations that might pose a security risk.
ZTE Agrees to Pay Massive Fine to Settle Export Violations
Mar 7, 2017
ZTE today said it has agreed to pay the U.S. government significant financial penalties for exporting technology to Iran in violation of sanctions against the country.
FCC Chair Would Bar Use of Universal Service Fund to Buy Equipment from Companies that Pose Security Risks
Mar 26, 2018
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 Proposes Updates to Emergency Alerts
Nov 19, 2015
The FCC wants to see wireless emergency alerts used more effectively and proposed several changes to improve them. Wireless emergency alerts have been used since 2012 to warn people about severe weather or other safety threats, alert them to missing children, and deliver other information via text messages.