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FCC (Again) Takes to Bully Pulpit to Urge Network Reliability “Best Practices” to Combat Service Outages

On July 12, 2017, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Public Notice encouraging communications service providers to implement certain “best practices” to avoid major service disruptions.  The Bureau’s recommendations come on the heels of recent major service outages caused by minor changes to service providers’ … Continue Reading

FCC Takes No Enforcement Action Despite Report Finding that Avoidable Failures Led to AT&T Mobility 911 Outage

  On May 18, 2017, at the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) May Open Meeting, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) presented its final report on its investigation into the VoLTE 911 outage experienced by AT&T Mobility (“AT&T”) on March 8, 2017 (“the Report”).  The Bureau offered a strong critique of AT&T, … Continue Reading

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

As 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, … Continue Reading

FCC Wants to Impose Network Outage Reporting Requirements on Submarine Cable System Licensees

As it did when it imposed circuit capacity reporting obligations on all submarine cable licensees earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) once again is looking to step up regulation of submarine cable systems. Citing the critical nature of submarine cable infrastructure and the importance of submarine cable systems to meet U.S. communications requirements, the … Continue Reading
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