Report: FCC 're-examining' Wireless Resiliency Framework for disaster preparedness

The FCC is now asking for additional input and reporting from major carriers, to report on how they applied the Resiliency Framework in their responses to disasters dating back to 2017 and 2018.

Apr 9th, 2019
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As seen at JDSupra and noted by law firm Allen Matkins for its California Wireless Law Blog:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently re-examining the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework. The Framework was put together in 2016 for the purpose of creating a voluntary commitment by mobile carriers to promote resilient wireless communications, as well as the restoration of communications during and after disasters. The re-examination comes in light of recent perceived failures and slow re-building of wireless infrastructures after recent hurricanes.
The FCC is now asking for additional input and reporting from major carriers, to report on how they applied the Resiliency Framework in their responses to disasters dating back to 2017 and 2018. The agency is asking for detailed information, including lists of mutual aid and roaming agreements that carriers have established with one another. Implementation of industry best practices is also another area of inquiry.
The FCC originally approved of the initial voluntary Framework in April 2016. At the time, the Framework outlined a five-point strategy designed to enhance communication and coordination among wireless carriers during emergency situations. These points included:

● Provision of reasonable roaming when feasible technically

● Promoting mutual aid between wireless providers

● Increasing municipal preparedness by convening with local government public safety representatives to establish best practices

● Enhancing consumer readiness by disseminating a Consumer Readiness Checklist with consumer groups

● Improving public awareness and stakeholder communications on service/restoration status through the Commission’s Disaster Information Reporting System

After recent hurricanes and other disasters, the FCC is now calling for additional information to further improve the Framework and promote faster and more efficient restoration of wireless communications after natural disasters and emergencies. Such information can help improve various aspects of wireless technology infrastructure, including emergency alert geotargeting, community wireless installations, and other related issues.

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