The Clock is Ticking - Comment Deadlines Set for FCC’s Submarine Cable Network Outage Reporting Rulemaking

World Global ConnectionsAs Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rules that would impose on submarine cable system licensees, and possibly users, network outage reporting obligations similar to those already applicable to other communications providers. The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) solicits comments on a number of issues including, but not limited to, who should be subject to the reporting requirements, proposed outage reporting triggers and time frames, and measures that can be taken to speed the cable deployment process – an issue that could implicate the Team Telecom review process. See our Advisory on the NPRM for more details.

The NPRM was published yesterday in the Federal Register, which set the comment date as December 3, 2015, and reply comment date as December 18, 2015. Submarine cable licensees - and entities that utilize submarine cable systems - should review the NPRM and consider whether to participate in the comment cycle to ensure their views are heard.

Should you have any questions about this proceeding and what the proposed rules may mean for your business, feel free to contact a member of Kelley Drye’s Communications practice group.