On December 10, 2018, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework, following the Commission’s recent requests to signatories of the Framework seeking post-disaster action reports and BDAC efforts to develop best practices for coordination.

The Bureau seeks comment on the following:

  • Best Practices and Restoration Challenges – Existing practices of backhaul providers; preparation and challenges in maintaining or restoring network integrity during weather events; the extent that backhaul providers have experienced outages affecting networks and subsequent tracking; and steps going forward to prepare for future events.
  • Coordination and Information Sharing – Coordination between backhaul providers and customers during and after natural disasters; information shared between local responders and other actors (i.e., FEMA); any concerns on confidentiality or security of shared information; gaps in existing best practices or coordination support that could be addressed to facilitate the exchange of information; challenges to switching providers during outages; and any other concerns to promote coordination.
  • Expanding the Scope of the Framework – Expanding on the current Framework to incorporate backhaul providers and treatment of providers; any critical elements of a possible separate framework for backhaul providers; and any other solutions to promote understanding of coordinated responsibilities.

Comments are due January 9, 2019.

Reply comments are due January 24, 2019.

Comments should be filed in ECFS via PS Docket No. 11-60, or by paper to the Commission.

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