April 28, 2020
Senior associate Brad Currier
was quoted in the Communications Daily
article “FCC Mulls Closer Look at 911 Reliability With Latest NORS Plan.” The article discusses concerns over 911 emergency network availability and reliability during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) response to those concerns with their NORS plan.
New data fields in NORS would help the FCC identify 911 special facilities including public safety answering points (PSAPs) facing outages, determine if "alternative measures to circuit diversity are effective in maintaining network reliability," track year-to-year improvements in 911 reliability, and ensure compliance with existing reliability requirements, the bureau said.
Some carrier have been criticized for taking too long to respond to FCC letters of inquiry about 911 outages, and while the FCC has shown willingness to give extensions for COVID-19, "but you've got to provide a good reason," said Brad, during his Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Webinar
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