Friday, February 22, 2013

FCC Commissioner: Hams Should Comment on "Network Reliability" Proceeding

FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel
at Commission field hearing in New Jersey on lessons
learned from superstorm Sandy. (W2VU photo)
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has asked CQ to encourage readers to file written comments on the role of amateur radio in providing communications in large-scale disasters as part of its ongoing inquiry into "network resilience and reliability" in the wake of superstorm Sandy. The first hearing as part of that inquiry was held on February 5 in New York City and New Jersey. A second hearing was scheduled in California on February 28.

The docket number is 11-60, titled "Notice of Inquiry into Network Continuity and Reliability." Comments may be filed via the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), which may be accessed at <>.

Additional photos and information from the hearing may be found in the CQ Photo Gallery at <>.

NOTE: Proceeding number above has been updated as of 3/19/13. The original docket number we were given, DA 13-140, does not seem to be recognized by the ECFS. Docket 11-60 is an ongoing proceeding on network reliability, on which comments related to Sandy have been filed by the Commission as well as by individuals.